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Ben Kleban

District 5

Ben Kleban was the Founder & CEO 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 with 100% college acceptance after the first four years of NOCP management, and Crocker Elementary School improved from an “F” to a “C” in only two years. In January 2017, after being elected to the Orleans Parish School Board without opposition, Ben stepped down from his position at NOCP. 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.

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2401 Westbend Parkway
New Orleans, Louisiana 70114

Phone: 504-304-3520

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