Benjamin Cabeza

About Benjamin Cabeza

Managing Director of Data and Analytics

Ben leads the KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools Regional Data Team, which supports the region with student information and scheduling, data systems and infrastructure, assessment strategy, survey strategy, and data analytics. Ben has led the Data Team since 2014, serving as Manager of Data Strategy for 2 years and then as Director of Data & Analytics for the past 5 years, prior to starting in his current role. Ben has had the privilege of growing the Data Team as the region has grown, and continuing to build out the vision for data strategy and infrastructure to support the region with being data-informed and make the work for leaders and teachers more efficient and impactful. Ben has also served as the KIPP Foundation’s Data Leadership Coach, working with other regions throughout the KIPP Network to find and coach data leaders to develop a data strategy and implementation plan for their region.

Ben began his career in education as a 2009 Teach For America Corps Member in Charlotte, NC. Prior to joining TFA, Ben earned degrees in Public Relations and Speech Communications from the University of Georgia. After teaching middle school math for 3 years, Ben went to Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and earned a Master’s in Education Policy. During his time at Vanderbilt, he also served as a Research Assistant in the Special Education Department, completed a practicum with the Achievement School District, and completed a capstone project on the impact of turnaround schools. Ben entered the world of K-12 data as a Data Specialist with LEAD Public Schools, prior to joining KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools. He has also completed the Harvard Strategic Data Project Institute for Learnership in Analytics (SILA) program. On the side, Ben is the Academic Chair on the Board of Directors for a charter school in his home town of Douglasville, GA. Throughout his experiences working with data in education, Ben is convinced that data is a strategic function of school systems and should be a flashlight to find opportunities, rather than a hammer of accountability, ultimately leading to better and more equitable outcomes for kids.