Stacey Childress


  • Business of education
  • Charter schools
  • Education technology
  • Leadership and governance

Stacey Childress is the CEO at NewSchools Venture Fund. Previously, Childress led the K-12 Next Generation Learning team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, investing in schools and technologies that support personalized learning for middle and high school students in the U.S. Prior to joining the foundation, Childress was on the faculty of the Harvard Business School, where she wrote and taught about entrepreneurial activity in public education. During her time at Harvard she wrote three books and more than 30 cases and articles about education entrepreneurship. She also won teaching awards from her students and the dean for her elective course on education entrepreneurship, which was taken by nearly 1,000 students between 2004 and 2010. Before working in academia, Childress was a co-founder of an enterprise software company and also spent 10 years in a Fortune 500 company in sales and general management. Early in her career, she taught in a Texas public high school. She is a graduate of Baylor University and Harvard Business School. In 2012, she was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Impact 15, a group of innovators revolutionizing education in the U.S. and around the world.