Ben Wallerstein is the co-founder of Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm and publisher of Education Insider. He previously founded the education practice at global public affairs firm, Dutko Worldwide, where he became the youngest managing director the firm’s 30-year history.
Ben specializes in the intersection of public policy and innovation, with deep experience in the complex regulatory and political environment that impacts entrepreneurs focused on education, health and wellness. For over a decade, he has advised the most transformative companies in education, and advised in conjunction with dozens of preK-12 and post secondary transactions.
A frequent speaker and commentator, Ben’s work centers on “The New Innovator’s Dilemma,” which describes the policy and political challenges faced by entrepreneurs operating in a regulated environment.
Ben is an active education investor, and serves as a Senior Advisor to New Markets Venture Partners. He is also a member of the Advisory Council for Rethink Education and the investment committee for the Jefferson Education Fund, which was founded by the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education Foundation.
Ben serves on the Board of Blyth-Templeton Academy, the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation and the Advisory Board for the ASU Education Innovation Summit. He enjoys advising early stage entrepreneurs, and has served as a judge for the Milken PENN Education Business Plan Competition, the 1776 Challenge Cup, and the Yale School of Management Business Plan Competition. In 2014, Ben curated “Three Minutes to Launch,” for the New York Times Schools of Tomorrow Summit. In 2015, he joined the B Lab education standards working group
Ben began his career as an aide to former Xerox CEO, David Kearns.
The product of public schools in Norwalk, CT, Ben is committed to issues of equity and access in public education. He attended the University of Richmond and received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University, where he was an editor of the Law Review. He and his family currently split their time between Washington, D.C. and San Francisco.