Ariav founder Ian Friedman’s entire professional experience has been spent in education.

He was a corps member in the first class of Teach For America before working as a public school teacher in the south Los Angeles area community of Lynwood and on the north side of Chicago.


Ian is the author of several non-fiction books aimed at middle and high school students and he has also worked as a writer and editor of curriculum and assessments. In addition to his certification in College Counseling from UCLA, Ian earned a B.A. in History from the University of Michigan and an Ed. M. in Teaching and Curriculum in the Field of History from Harvard University.