Ben Wallerstein is the co-founder of Whiteboard Advisors, a Washington, D.C.-based education consulting firm. He previously founded the education practice at global public affairs firm, Grayling in 2000.
A former aide to retired Xerox Chairman David Kearns, Ben possesses an in-depth understanding of the political and policy-making processes. He is passionate about issues of equity and access, and the transformative role that entrepreneurs can play in improving educational outcomes. Ben is also a frequent speaker and commentator on education policy and innovation; most recently, he published an op-ed entitled “The New Innovator’s Dilemma,” with GSV Capital funder, Mike Moe, which describes the policy and political challenges faced by entrepreneurs in the innovation economy.
He serves on the Board of the American Institute for Foreign Study Foundation and the Advisory Board for the ASU Education Innovation Summit. In 2014, Ben curated “Three Minutes to Launch,” for the New York Times Schools of Tomorrow Summit. He enjoys advising early stage entrepreneurs, and has served as a judge Milken PENN Education Business Plan Competition, the 1776 Challenge Cup, and the Yale SOM Business Plan Competition.
A product of public schools and son of public school educators, Ben attended the University of Richmond and received his J.D., cum laude, from Georgetown University, where he was an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.