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An Interview with Kevin Hall of the Charter School Growth Fund

Reimagining K–12 Education in the U.S.
September 18, 2012
In This Interview
Kevin Hall, president and CEO, Charter School Growth Fund


Master’s degree in business administration, Harvard Business School

Bachelor of arts degree, Swarthmore College

Career Highlights

2009–present, president and CEO, Charter School Growth Fund

2004–2009, chief operating officer, The Broad Foundations

1999–2003, cofounder and senior vice president of business development, Chancellor Beacon Academies

1997–1998, senior vice president, technology products, InfoUSA

1996–1997, associate, McKinsey & Company

1993–1994, elementary school teacher in Compton, California

1991–1993, Los Angeles executive director, Teach For America

1989–1991, analyst, Goldman Sachs

Outside Activities

1995–1996, economics teaching fellow, Harvard University

Member, various K–12 boards


Kevin Hall is president and CEO of the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF), a nonprofit founded in 2005 that uses a venture capital approach to make long-term commitments to the nation’s most promising and highest-performing charter schools. The investments enable schools to scale up and achieve impact and long-term sustainability in their communities. To date, CSGF has committed over $100 million to create more than 165,000 new seats in charter schools for low-income and minority students around the country.

Reimagining K–12 Education in the U.S.

CSGF invests philanthropic capital in high-performing charter management organizations (CMOs)—networks of public schools managed by leadership teams that provide shared academic, human capital, back-office, operational, and financial services. By 2020, these high-performing entities, CSGF believes, will have the chance to serve more than 1 million students. In addition, through its Next-Gen Investments, CSGF partnered in 2010 with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings to acquire DreamBox Learning, which provides award-winning adaptive learning technology to elementary school students.

Hall recently spoke with J. Puckett, a senior partner and managing director in the Dallas office of The Boston Consulting Group and global leader of the firm’s Education practice, as part of BCG’s interview series “Reimagining K–12 Education in the U.S.” Edited excerpts from the discussion follow below.