Ted Mitchell is president and CEO of the NewSchools Venture Fund, a venture philanthropy organization committed to improving public education, especially for the underserved. From 2008 to 2010, he served as president of the California State Board of Education. Prior to taking the helm at NewSchools in 2005, Mitchell was president of Occidental College, vice chancellor and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the UCLA, and professor and chair of the Department of Education at Dartmouth College. He has served on a number of policy commissions, including chairing the Governor’s Committee on Education Excellence and the Commission on Teacher Effectiveness for the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Mr. Mitchell received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.