Scott Benson
Managing Partner, Innovative Schools


  • Blended learning
  • Personalized learning

Scott Benson is the managing partner of the Innovative Schools team at NewSchools Venture Fund. Most recently Benson served as senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he led its personalized and blended school strategy from 2010 to early 2015. His portfolio directly supported 50,000 seats and included the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), Charter School Growth Fund and over 50 direct grants to charter and district schools. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Benson was director of strategic academic initiatives and a Broad Resident at District of Columbia Public Schools. He has a master’s degree from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.