Chief Executive Officer
Stacey Childress is the CEO at NewSchools Venture Fund. A nationally recognized expert on philanthropy and innovation PreK-12 education, she joined NewSchools in 2014. Childress previously led the K-12 Next Generation Learning team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, investing in schools and technologies that enable better learning outcomes for middle and high school students in the United States. In 2012, she was named to the Forbes Impact 15 list, a group of innovators reimagining learning globally.
Prior to joining Gates, 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 30 cases and articles about education entrepreneurship.
Before working in academia, Childress co-founded an enterprise software company. She also spent 10 years in corporate sales and general management after working as a classroom teacher early in her career.