Our Team

The NewSchools team draws on extensive experience from across the education, business, policy and nonprofit sectors to help find, fund and support teams of educators and innovators.

Scott Benson

Scott Benson

Strategic Advisor

Scott Benson is a Strategic Advisor at NewSchools Venture Fund, providing guidance, support, and project leadership across our investment teams. Previously, Scott led our model provider and innovative schools investment areas. 

Prior to joining NewSchools, Scott served as Sr. Program Officer at the Gates Foundation where he led its personalized and blended school strategy from 2010 to early 2015. He also served as Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives and a Broad Resident at D.C. Public Schools. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Scott lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with his wife, three girls and their dog Biscuit. He finds joy running outside, playing tennis, and learning new things.