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Kim Smith
New Schools Venture Fund

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


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Category Title Author/Speaker Organization Length Date
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 Focus Kim Smith NSVF 01:22 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

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