Ted Mitchell the President of Occidental College is taking the helm at the New Schools Venture Fund. Current CEO Kim Smith will continue as Executive Chairman of the Board. Smith, truly one of the great people in this business, has built NSVF from an idea to a major force for change and the key ralling point for social entrepreneurs in education. Mitchell is outstanding and his commitment to what NSVF is doing is another strong signal that some positive change is afoot for disadvantaged kids.
The New Schools portfolio includes charter start-ups, human capacity initiatives like Teach For American and New Leaders for New Schools, data and information initiatives, and programs like Success For All.