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About Ben

Ben Kleban was elected without opposition to the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB), District 5, with his four-year term beginning January 2017.

Prior to serving on the OPSB, Ben was the Founder & President of New Orleans College Prep (NOCP), a charter school network he founded in 2007 to provide a high quality college prep education to underserved children in New Orleans from birth through 12th grade.  Under Ben's leadership, NOCP achieved significant academic gains for its students, including two successful school turnarounds.  Cohen High School improved from an “F” to a “B” letter grade after the first four years of NOCP management, and Crocker Elementary School improved from an “F” to a “C” in only two years.

In addition to his service on the OPSB, Ben currently chairs the board of a new non-profit, College Beyond, which provides direct coaching, mentorship, and micro-grant financial support aimed at improving the college graduation rate for low-income, first generation college students from across New Orleans and our region. 

Ben has prior experience as a high school math teacher in Philadelphia, and began his career in corporate finance at The Boeing Company.  He received an MBA from Harvard Business School, completed the Teacher Certification Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.  In his final years at NOCP, Ben served on the statewide MFP task force, an advisory council for the public school funding formula in Louisiana.

Ben is blessed with a wonderful wife, Jesse, and their two children, Odette and Elliot, aged 4 and 7.


Ben Kleban for School Board
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