Kim Smith is co-founder and CEO of NewSchools Venture Fund, which she established in 1998 to transform public education by supporting education entrepreneurs. In NewSchools, Kim created a new "hybrid" approach to investing in social entrepreneurs. NewSchools uses grants, loans and equity investments to support a portfolio that includes nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurs who are building sustainable, scalable education ventures.
Kim began her career as a consultant specializing in business-education partnerships. In 1989, she became a founding team member of Teach For America (TFA). She then put her TFA experience to work in the post of founding director of BAYAC AmeriCorps, a consortium of nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area working to develop young leaders in education. Kim's background includes marketing experience with Silicon Graphics' Education Industry Group, where she focused on the online learning industry, and her role as the founding director of a trade show venture.
Kim holds a bachelor's degree in political science and psychology from Columbia College and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In 2001, Kim was featured in Newsweek's report on the "Women of the 21st Century" as "the kind of woman who will shape America's new century." She is a member of the 2002 Class of Henry Crown Fellows of the Aspen Institute. Kim has also served on many education venture and advisory boards; these currently include EdVoice, the National Council on Teacher Quality, and the Stanford University School of Education.
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Last Updated: Thu, May 11, 2006
|Video||Hybrids: Entrepreneurs Must Lead People from Radically Different Sectors||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:43||10/2003|
|Video||Founding of Teach for America: Entrepreneurs Envision What Others Say is Impossible||Kim Smith||NSVF||03:52||10/2003|
|Video||A Theory of Change = Business Model + Strategy||Kim Smith||NSVF||02:27||10/2003|
|Video||Hybrid Leaders||Kim Smith||NSVF||00:42||10/2003|
|Video||Education: Shift From Culture of Compliance to Culture of Performance||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:01||10/2003|
|Video||Venture Philanthropy||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:51||10/2003|
|Video||New School Venture Fund History and Operations||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:45||10/2003|
|Video||New School Portfolio||Kim Smith||NSVF||02:23||10/2003|
|Video||Strategic Investment Analysis Via a Hybrid Partner Group||Kim Smith||NSVF||00:58||10/2003|
|Video||Leadership, Communication, and Facilitation Skills||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:04||10/2003|
|Video||Taking Risks||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:29||10/2003|
|Video||Achieving Profits Through Customer Focus||Kim Smith||NSVF||02:28||10/2003|
|Video||Forming the Founding Team||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:29||10/2003|
|Video||Measuring Social Return for Investors||Kim Smith||NSVF||01:07||10/2003|
|Video||Venture capitalists as incubators and co-creators of new ventures||Kim Smith||NSVF||02:13||10/2003|
|Video||Charter Schools - encourage diversity in the approach||Kim Smith||NSVF||02:34||10/2003|
|Video||Parents as part of the K-12 learning community||Kim Smith||NSVF||02:10||10/2003|
|Video||Fixing problems in K-12 education||Kim Smith||NSVF||03:59||10/2003|
|Video||The investor community for educational ventures||Kim Smith||NSVF||03:07||10/2003|