vanessa benton

Vanessa Benton

Executive Director
North Carolina

Vanessa Benton comes to Citizen Schools with a strong track record of accomplishments in both the private and education sectors. She began her career in education as a Broad Resident with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where she spent almost five years supporting C-level leaders while also managing major strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining Citizen Schools Vanessa consulted with school districts and charter management organizations to resolve complex issues and facilitated professional development workshops to help school leaders improve their critical thinking and decision-making skills. She also worked for an education technology firm supporting personalized learning initiatives in client districts.

Vanessa earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh and her master’s in business administration from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Her daughter Aliyah is a student at North Carolina A&T State University.