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.

Valerie Braimah

Valerie Braimah

Senior Associate Partner, Innovative Public Schools

Valerie Braimah is a Senior Associate Partner on the Innovative Public Schools team at NewSchools Venture Fund. She works closely with school leadership teams, providing management assistance and facilitating communities of practice focused on approaches that advance equity in schools and support students’ academic and social-emotional development.

An education leader for over 25 years, Valerie has always been passionate about challenging the status quo in public school education and creating opportunities for students to access liberation, joy, and critical thinking. In her previous roles, she has led professional development for teachers, developed innovative school models for students from racially and economically diverse backgrounds, and supported efforts that raised student achievement in schools and districts across the country.

Before finding a home at NewSchools, Valerie was Executive Director at City Charter Schools, Vice President of Community Learning and Engagement at Teach For America, Vice President of Instruction at the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools, and Chief Learning Officer for Insight Education Group.

Valerie holds a master’s degree in Education Policy from Johns Hopkins University. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, watching the Warriors, and playing volleyball and soccer.