Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer


KIPP Northern California Public Schools


Beth Thompson has been the founding chief executive officer of KIPP Northern California Public Schools for the past 15 years, where she is responsible for the organization’s performance, growth and sustainability. KIPP NorCal currently educates nearly 7,000 students in 17 schools across 7 cities; and partners with over 3,000 KIPP alumni on their journey to pursue their passion, purpose and plan in higher education and career.

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 the KIPP Foundation, Beth was on the founding team of NewSchools Venture Fund, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy working to reimagine public education.

Beth holds a BA in political science, an MA 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 is a proud Board member of Braven Bay Area, Cambiar Education, and Kids Love Writing. She resides in Oakland with her husband and two kids.