Ted Mitchell is the President and CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund. He also serves as President of the California State Board of Education. He serves on the board of directors of Alliance for College-Ready Public Schools, Bellwether Education Partners, EnCorps, Friendship Public Charter School, Green Dot Public Schools, and New Leaders for New Schools.
Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Ted served as president of Occidental College in Los Angeles. He has also served as Deputy to the President at Stanford University, Vice Chancellor and Dean of the School of Education and Information Studies at University of California – Los Angeles, and as Professor and Chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College.
Ted Mitchell is a national leader in the effort to provide high-quality education for all students and has long been active in educational reform initiatives throughout California and Los Angeles. He chaired the Governor’s Committee on Educational Excellence, charged with making recommendations to improve California’s system of K-12 finance and governance, and currently serves on the California P-16 Council and chairs the Commission on Teacher Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In addition, he has been an active board member for a number of high-performing organizations, including Children Now, ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, The McClatchy Company, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, as well as eight years of service on the NewSchools board before becoming CEO. He also serves on the advisory council for Stanford University’s Initiative on Improving K-12 Education and the advisory board of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Innovation Fund.
Ted graduated from Stanford with bachelor’s degrees in economics and history, and also earned a master’s degree in history and a doctorate in education there. He lives in southern California with his wife, Christine Beckman, who is a professor of strategy and management at the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California-Irvine, and their children Caroline and Theo.
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