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.

Vanessa Monterosa

Vanessa Monterosa

Senior Associate Partner

Dr. Vanessa Monterosa is a Senior Associate Partner on the Learning Solutions team. In this capacity, Dr. Monterosa leads efforts to build a diverse pipeline of educators and innovators developing content, tools, and models that benefit Black, Latino, and low-income students.

Prior to joining NewSchools, her career spanned both higher education and K-12 spaces. Most recently, she served as a district administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she designed a nationally recognized digital citizenship program, developed high-profile district-wide policies, and built the digital literacy capacity of more than 14,000 educators. Her thought leadership work has been featured in Common Sense Media, Edutopia, EdSurge, Latinos for Education, and other publications. Dr. Monterosa is a Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Education Pioneers alum, and a proud first-generation Latina.

She holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from California State University, Long Beach. She loves being a Disneyland annual passholder, spending time with her precious pup, and watching ’90s show reruns.