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Stacey M. Childress

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  • Harvard Business School
  • Baylor University
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NewSchools Venture Fund Board names Stacey Childress as CEO: NewSchools Venture Fund, 13 May 2014 [cached]
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NewSchools Venture Fund Board names Stacey Childress as CEO Category: Press Releases
Oakland, Calif.-May 13, 2014-NewSchools Venture Fund today announced that its Board of Directors has named Stacey Childress as Chief Executive Officer to lead the venture philanthropy's support of innovation in K-12 education.
"Stacey brings to NewSchools a deep understanding of education entrepreneurship and innovation," said Dave Goldberg, NewSchools board member and CEO of SurveyMonkey.
"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."
For more than 15 years, NewSchools has provided startup and scale-up capital and strategic counsel to leading education entrepreneurs and harnessed their energy and vision to solve the biggest challenges in public education. NewSchools has been on the cutting edge of some of education's most promising new practices including high-quality public charter school networks, education technology and practice-based professional development programs for teachers.
Childress joins NewSchools from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she led the team responsible for next generation learning, supporting nearly 200 ed-tech and school entrepreneurs during her four years there. In 2012, Forbes placed Childress on its Impact 15 list, a group of innovators revolutionizing education globally.
"Throughout each phase of its history, NewSchools has identified the biggest opportunities for impact and supported entrepreneurs with the passion to pursue them," Childress said. "Today's students are the most diverse, connected generation in history, and they deserve learning experiences that meet them where they are and help them realize their most ambitious aspirations. I look forward to working with the NewSchools team to support innovators working on this challenge"
Before joining the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Childress was on the faculty at Harvard Business School where she developed and taught a course on education entrepreneurship and advised large urban districts. During a decade in the private sector, she was on the founding team of an enterprise software company after rising through the sales and management ranks at ADT Security Services. She also spent time in a public high school classroom as a substitute English teacher in Texas.
Childress will succeed Ted Mitchell, who was confirmed last week as U.S. Undersecretary of Education.
"Stacey understands the big challenges we are facing as a country when it comes to educating all kids well and the important role entrepreneurship plays in tackling those challenges," said KIPP Foundation CEO Richard Barth.
Childress will join NewSchools full time in late July.
Stacey Childress, 26 Oct 2015 [cached]
Stacey Childress
Stacey Childress is a Lecturer in the General Management unit at Harvard Business School, and a co-founder of the Public Education Leadership Project at Harvard University. She teaches in the School's MBA and executive education programs. Stacey studies entrepreneurial activity in public education in the United States. This includes the behavior and strategies of leadership teams in urban public school districts, charter schools, and nonprofit enterprises with missions to improve the public system. She is also interested in a range of social enterprise topics, including international social entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the faculty, Stacey served four years as Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI) at Harvard Business School, the School's effort to generate and share knowledge to help individuals and organizations deliver social value through the nonprofit, private, and public sectors.
Before working in academia, Stacey was co-founder of an enterprise software company and was responsible for generating the company's first revenues. She also spent ten years in the electronic security industry in sales and general management, where as a regional general manager she successfully led the sales and operations functions of six offices across four states. She went on to launch a corporate university for her company, serving 12,000 employees in 148 offices nationwide. During this project, Stacey was involved in crafting public-private partnerships with state and local governments in conjunction with welfare-to-work job training initiatives.
Early in her career, Stacey taught in a Texas public high school. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard Business School, where she was the first woman in school history to be elected by her classmates to deliver the Class Day graduation address.
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Stacey Childress, Deputy Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
American ED TV - Shows - Women Leaders In Education - Stacey Childress, 14 Jan 2015 [cached]
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Stacey Childress AmericanEDtv talks to Stacey Childress, Deputy Director of Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (
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To that point, Gates Foundation Deputy Director of Education Stacey Childress said at the time that "social networking sites are emerging as critical platforms for students - and low-income students especially - to allow them to build social capital outside the boundaries of their neighborhoods.
"One of the foundation's priorities is unlocking the power of innovation and technology to improve learning," said Stacey Childress, Deputy Director, College Ready, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, who leads the K-12 next generation learning team at the foundation.
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