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Design Build Do Ventures


Courtney Collins-Shapiro a founding partner in DesignBuildDo Ventures (DBD), a strategic consulting practice focused on the intersection of education and philanthropy. DBD's current major projects include supporting the launch of a new innovation incubator and microschool network, Portal Schools; and the design and implementation of the new schools and advocacy investing strategies for Philadelphia education champion, Elevate 215. Prior to DBD, Courtney has led in the K-16 sector over more than 25 years. Most recently she served as a Partner at The Drexel Fund, a non-profit, venture philanthropy fund that invests and partners in the growth of high-quality, networks and new models of private schools that create transformational outcomes for low-income students. Before Drexel she served as the Chief Innovation Officer for Mastery Public Charter Schools a network of 24 schools in Philadelphia, PA and Camden, NJ. In this role for eight years, she spearheaded growth from 2,000 students in 4 schools to 14,500 students in 24 schools. In earlier years she served in leadership roles at the School District of Philadelphia from 2003-2010, most notably as the founding Director of Multiple Pathways to Graduation at the School District of Philadelphia, where she built and managed a portfolio of school options and developed a cross-sector coalition strategy for successfully serving overage, under-credited youth in the 5th largest school district in the U.S. She also spent five years working and teaching in higher education at the University of Maryland, College Park prior to her time in K-12 education. Courtney has a BA from Villanova University and a MSEd from the University of Pennsylvania. She and her family live and work in Philadelphia.

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