Benjamin Lindquist | Visiting Fellow

Ben Lindquist is Co-founder and Executive Partner of Arcadia Education. Lindquist spent the past 27 years
engaged in missional work advancing the proliferation of quality entrepreneurial K12 education nationally. He can
be reached by email at or by cell phone at 720-933-1699.

For eleven of those years, Lindquist served as a school founder and director starting public charter schools and
expanding CMOs with a focus on underserved communities. From 1998 to 2001, he served as co-director of the
Chicago International Charter School, the largest public charter school network in Illinois. From 2010 to 2015,
he served as founder and executive director of Exalt Education, which operates the Exalt Academy of
Southwest Little Rock, a charter school with 680 students in grades K-8.

For ten of the last 27 years, Lindquist served in philanthropic grant-making roles with the Walton Family
Foundation, on the founding team of the Charter School Growth Fund, and at the Kern Family Foundation. In
those positions, he provided planning, startup, capacity-building, and strategic planning assistance to K12
institutions, national policy organizations, think tanks, and state charter school associations and resource centers
at various stages of development.

From 2017 to 2020, Lindquist served as president of the Colorado League of Charter Schools. He holds a 2009
MBA from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado – Boulder and a 1996 bachelor’s degree
in English with Honors from St. John’s University and the College of St. Benedict in Central Minnesota. In 2021
and early 2022, he completed 12 courses towards a masters in executive ministry at Colorado Christian
University. He lives in Lakewood, CO, with his wife and son.

Arcadia Education Group is a consulting firm that commenced operations on January 1, 2022. Its national
mission is to strengthen civil society by strengthening the operations and culture of schools, especially those
dedicated to intellectual, moral, and aesthetic excellence. Arcadia provides targeted consulting to PK-16 schools
and networks centered around four service area: talent/HR, growth, operational health, and Arcadia Connect.
Lindquist leads Arcadia’s growth services team.