Headshot of Imran Khan

MS Class of 2019


Imran Khan is currently serving as Director of Special Projects in the New York City Mayor’s Office. Previously, he served as an appointed Empire State Fellow working in the New York State Governor’s Office. Imran has served as a policy fellow with the U.S. Department of Energy and as an Education Pioneers fellow in Houston, his hometown.

In 2009, he founded Develop U, a non-profit organization aimed at community development, urban renewal, and neighborhood revitalization in South Dallas.  During the summer of 2010, Imran worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA member, teaming up with PepsiCo and CitySquare to deliver food as part of a student nutrition and summer enrichment program for underserved communities in Dallas.  Prior to this, Imran taught high school science in Dallas area public schools and worked at 3M as a materials scientist.  His professional interests and areas of expertise include anti-poverty programs, community development, and resource access through the use of effective social policy and government operations.  Imran received his Bachelors of Science in biochemistry from Texas A&M University, Masters in Education from Southern Methodist University, and Masters in Public Policy from the University of Virginia’s Batten School.

Most Recent Professional Experience

  • Managing and directing $19 million anti-poverty initiatives portfolio housed within Mayor’s Office of Operations and Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity for Mayor Bill de Blasio.
  • Serving as unit representative for the Young Men’s Initiative and other strategic initiatives through City University of New York, New York City Department of Education, New York City Department of Social Services, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and New York City Housing Authority to create data and evidence base.

Undergraduate Education

  • Texas A&M University – College Station, TX – BS w/ Honors (Biochemistry)

Other Degrees & Certifications

  • Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX – MEd w/ Honors (Education)
  • University of Virginia – Charlottesville, VA – MPP (Public Policy)

Awards & Recognition

  • Islamic Scholarship Fund – Deah Yusor Razan Scholarship (An Initiative of Our Three Winners Endowment)
  • New York City Mayor’s Graduate Scholarship
  • AcademyHealth and The Kresge Foundation Population Health Scholarship
  • New York State Canal Ambassadorship
  • New Leaders Council Fellowship
  • Empire State Fellowship
  • Asian American Government Executives Network Scholarship
  • StartingBloc Fellowship
  • New York City Fellowship
  • U.S. Department of Energy Fellowship
  • Clinton Global Initiative University Scholarship
  • National Academy of Social Insurance Conference Scholarship
  • Batten School Professional Development Grant
  • Education Pioneers Summer Graduate School Fellowship
  • Batten School Merit-Based Fellowship
  • Segal AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Simmons School Honors on Comprehensive Examination
  • California Institute of Technology Partnership for Research and Education in Materials Scholarship
  • Robert A. Welch Foundation Scholarship
  • Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean’s Honor Role
  • Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Student

Current Interests

  • Internships
  • Part-time employment
  • Full-time employment
  • Research
  • Networking