Beth Thompson was most recently the Founder & CEO of KIPP Northern CA Public Schools, a position she held for 15 years, in which she led a TK-12 public charter school system of joyful, academically excellent schools. In this role, she scaled the organization to nearly 7,000 students in 16 schools across 6 cities; charted a path for expansion into the Central Valley; ensured 3,000+ KIPP alumni were supported in their postsecondary path; drove the vision for diversity, equity and inclusion; oversaw an operating budget exceeding $100M, and upheld a track record of exceptional fiscal health.
Previously, Beth was the West Coast Trailblazer at the KIPP Foundation, where she created and implemented a strategic growth plan for KIPP schools, including securing charters, start-up funding, facilities, and community support.
Prior to her work at KIPP, Beth was on the founding team of NewSchools Venture Fund, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy working to reimagine public education. Beth holds a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in Education, and an MBA with a certificate in nonprofit management, all from Stanford University. She is a graduate of The Broad Academy and the Aspen-Pahara Fellowship. Beth serves on the Boards of Braven Bay Area, Cambiar Education, and Kids Love Writing. She resides in Oakland with her husband and two young children.
Regarding her experience with Edgility, Beth stated, “It was a pleasure to work with Edgility in this process and experience up close both the rigor and the responsiveness that they brought, every step of the way.”