Frances Messano-Xiomara Padamsee: July 25, 2017


NewSchools Provides Comprehensive Data on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Education Sector 

Frances Messano

Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund


Xiomara Padamsee

CEO of Promise 54 



NewSchools Venture Fund will release a report called “Unrealized Impact” on July 25. This study, written by Xiomara Padamsee, Partner, Bellwether Education Partners and Becky Crowe Senior Adviser, Bellwether Education Partners, has the most complete data report on diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) ever collected from the education sector. The in-depth study includes reports from 213 organizations and self-reported staff experiences from about 5,000 respondents.

Unrealized Impact shows that, DEI practices have a favorable impact on staff recruitment, retention and overall favorability. Organizations with advanced DEI practices have a Net Promoter Score[i] of 88, and 61 percent of staff – regardless of race – reported that they intend to stay in their organizations for the next three years. The report was funded by a group of K-12 education funders, including NewSchools Venture Fund, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Raikes Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation to provide a deeper understanding of the current state of DEI in education, identify promising practices and help take action.

Did you know?

  • 100 percent of survey respondents have expressed a commitment to diversity.
  • Less than 50% have formal DEI policies within their own organizations.
  • DEI practices have a positive impact on employment retention for all races.
  • Benefits include a deeper understanding of the students served

On Tuesday, July 25, NewSchools’ Frances Messano and Promise 54 CEO Xiomara Padamsee are available to you and your listeners to discuss the Unrealized Impact report and how it may help your community.


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Frances Messano, a Managing Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, co-leads the company’s diverse leaders strategy and investment work, along with designing the content for their annual Summit conference. Recently, Messano served as Vice President of Strategy on Teach for America’s strategy, Innovation and Organization Development Team. Her role was to lead TFA through its long-range strategic planning process. Previously, Frances was an Associate Partner at Monitor Institute. Along with these roles, Messano worked at Morgan Stanley for four years in equity sales and structuring. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard College. Messano is a first-generation college graduate and an alum of Prep for Prep, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity. She credits these organizations with helping her gain access to educational and professional opportunity.


Xiomara Padamsee is CEO of Promise 54.  She has over 15 years of experience in education reform and human capital work, with some of her clients including organizations such as Blue Engine, City Year, and Envision Schools Charter Management Organization. Prior experience includes being a manager with Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital group. Earlier in her career, Padamsee worked for Teach for America as a corps member teaching bilingual elementary school in the South Bronx, as a program director working with Newark, Paterson, and Jersey City school districts, and as a vice president of staffing and organization development. With Teach for America, she built the organization’s first Human Assets team to shift from an administrative compliance focus to a strategic talent focus. Padamsee graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where she holds a master’s degree in business administration. She also has a bachelor’s degree in human service studies and U.S. Latino studies from Cornell University. She lives in Pittsburgh with her partner and three-year-old daughter.

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