Dr. Veronica Benavides

Deputy Director of the CCRE

Aware of educational inequity at a young age, Veronica has always been deeply committed to improving schools in underserved communities. She is driven by a commitment to her community and is an advocate for education as the practice of freedom. With a sense of purpose and urgency, Veronica began her career in education as a social studies teacher at Essex Street Academy (ESA), a Coalition of Essentials Schools high school. For the past four years, Veronica has engaged in the work of lead learner. She has partnered with educators, from teachers to superintendents, to develop their capacity to lead classrooms, schools, and systems. At the NYC Leadership Academy (NYCLA), Veronica worked to design, build, and launch comprehensive engagement strategy that develops principal capacity to improve educational outcomes for boys and young men of color.

In collaboration with expert educators in NYC, she developed adult learning experiences that are aligned to research-based standards for leading equitable school environments. In her current role as deputy director of the Center on Culture, Race, & Equity at Bank Street College of Education, Veronica partners with communities across the US to create strengths-based learning environments that are responsive to the needs of students and their families. Veronica earned her doctorate in education leadership from Harvard University, and holds an M.S. in Teaching from Fordham University. Her research interests include racial identity development, family engagement, community organizing, adult development, and organizational change.