Jason Palmer

Jason Palmer is General Partner at New Markets Venture Partners, one of the nation’s leading education-focused venture capital firms. As a double-bottom line investor, New Markets focuses on innovative, high impact, early and growth stage edtech companies that improve student outcomes while building profitable organizations.

Jason has been affiliated with New Markets since 2011 and became a General Partner in 2016 after three years at the Gates Foundation. Jason brings twenty years of experience as an education technology entrepreneur, executive and investor, and focuses on fund strategy, supporting portfolio companies, and leveraging deep connections with industry leaders. He serves as a board director for Climb Credit, CreatorUp, KidztoProsMotimaticMursion , PAIRIN, and Village Capital, and serves as a board observer for APDS,  LearnPlatform and Regent Education. Jason previously served on the boards of Moodlerooms (acquired by Blackboard), Signal Vine (acquired by Modern Campus), and StraighterLine, and as a board observer for Credly (aquired by NYSE: PSO), and Galvanize.

Prior to his current role, Jason served as Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading postsecondary innovation efforts to improve the outcomes of disadvantaged college students by investing in colleges, universities and entrepreneurs pursuing digital and adaptive learning, student coaching and advising, financial aid innovation, and employer pathways. Prior to the Foundation, Jason founded and grew three investor-backed technology and services companies before holding a series of executive positions at Microsoft, SchoolNet, Kaplan, and StraighterLine. At Kaplan, Jason led three education businesses as general manager or president, in addition to founding and leading the company’s venture capital effort.

Jason holds a B.A. in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland, and has a nine-year-old daughter Amelia.

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PAIRIN Closes $2.1 Million Series B Funding and a $2M Line of Credit to Support Continued Expansion
Capital comes amid PAIRIN’s growing footprint of client success across...
PAIRIN has been recognized by Built In as one of its 2023 Best Places To Work, the third nod since 2019 and a mark of PAIRIN’s continued commitment to its team and culture amid rapid growth.
Previously, PAIRIN was recognized by Built In as a Best...
Instructure Acquires LearnPlatform, Adding Evidence-Based EdTech Application Insight to the Instructure Learning Platform
LearnPlatform empowers educators and their organizations to evaluate and manage...
Mursion Ranked Number 326 Fastest-Growing Company in North America on the 2022 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™
Organization Attributes 434% Revenue Growth to Historic Demand for Effective...
LearnPlatform Evidence-as-a-Service Now Available in AWS Marketplace
Dive Brief: RALEIGH, N.C. —  Edtech providers and their partners...
Aurora Institute Symposium: New Open Source Guide to Ed-Tech Procurement
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education worked with...
Hutchinson Community College selects Regent Education to support its best-of-breed Enterprise Resource Planning strategy.
FREDERICK, Md., Oct. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In its commitment...
Galen College of Nursing Selects Regent Education to Automate Financial Aid in Support of Its Enrollment Growth
FREDERICK, MD – Galen College of Nursing has selected Regent Education to automate financial...
Online University Nexford Will Use $8M to Plug Affordability and Relevance Gaps in Education
U.S.-based online university platform Nexford University has raised $8 million...
Students used average of 143 ed tech tools in 2021-22
Dive Brief: Over the 2021-22 school year, educators on average...
Regent Education Announces New Intelligent, Automated, Two-way Integrated Scholarship Management Solution That Helps Institutions Award Every Available Dollar
Regent Education, the leading provider of Software as a Service...
Dozens of Leading Education Solution Providers Announce Commitment to Evidence, Federal Compliance and Student Success Ahead of ISTE Conference
Ahead of the ISTELive conference, dozens of K-12 education solution providers,...
Regent Education Announces Investment from Attain Capital Partners to Accelerate Growth and Innovation
 Regent Education, the leading provider of Software as a Service...
MUSIC PRODUCTION CAMP: BEATS, SCRATCHES, & TRACKS (AGES 7-11) AT KIDZTOPROS
Play with beat makers, and use fun and easy tools...
New LearnPlatform Report Shows Educators Interact with 86 Different Tools
The pandemic has increased the use of tech-enabled learning in...
Motimatic Grows to 100 Higher Ed Clients, Drives Increased Student Impact
Motimatic, the leading science-backed enrollment and outreach solution for higher...
Report: Students Used 74 Different Ed Tech Tools in Fall 2021 Semester, Educators Used 86
LearnPlatform today released a mid-year ed tech usage report showing that...
Why I’m Still Bullish About the State of Edtech
In the next few days, thousands of edtech entrepreneurs, investors,...
LearnPlatform Launches IMPACT-Ready™ Certification to Recognize K-12 EdTech Providers Committed To ESSA Compliance, Evidence & Student Data Privacy
LearnPlatform, renowned for its innovative edtech effectiveness system that is...
Newcastle Student Named Winner of UW’s WYTeach Contest for High School Students
Toby Johnson, a student from Newcastle High School, was named...
Climb Credit Offers New Career Training Loans and Tuition Management Technology
Climb Credit announced the launch of its new financing and...

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