Stacey Childress, NewSchools Venture Fund

TITLE: Chief Executive Officer

FUNDING AREAS: K-12 education, education technology, public schools, charter schools, underserved student populations

CONTACT: schildress@newschools.org, (415) 615-6860

PROFILE: Stacey Childress became CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund in July 2014 after serving four years as Deputy Director for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Here is her bio on the NewSchools Venture Fund website:

Prior to joining NewSchools, Childress led the K-12 Next Generation Learning team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, investing in schools and technologies that support personalized learning for middle and high school students in the United States.

Prior to joining the foundation, Childress was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School where she wrote and taught about entrepreneurial activity in public education in the United States. Her work focused on urban public school districts, charter schools, and nonprofit and for-profit enterprises with missions to improve the public system. During her time at Harvard she wrote three books and more than thirty cases and articles about education entrepreneurship. She also won teaching awards from her students and the HBS dean for her elective course on education entrepreneurship, which was taken by nearly 1000 students between 2004 and 2010.

Before working in academia, Childress was a co-founder of an enterprise software company and also spent ten years in a Fortune 500 company in sales and general management.

Early in her career, she taught in a Texas public high school. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard Business School. In 2012, she was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Impact 15, a group of innovators revolutionizing education in the United States and around the world.

Upon the announcement of Childress' hiring, NewSchools board member Dave Goldberg (CEO of Survey Monkey) said the following:

Stacey brings to NewSchools a deep understanding of education entrepreneurship and innovation. But it is Stacey’s track record as a bold investor in people and ideas with the potential to accelerate learning for underserved students that has us most excited about NewSchools’ next chapter.