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Employment History

Executive Director, Education Trust - West
The Education Trust Inc

Director of Education Programs and Policy
United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Affiliations

Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Education



University of California , Los Angeles

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Senior Leadership | Education Trust

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Ryan Smith

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Ryan Smith, Executive Director, The Education Trust-West
A Los Angeles native, Ryan comes to Ed Trust-West with a deep history of advocating for underserved youth. Most recently, he worked at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he led efforts to strengthen equity-based programs and policies, funded educational programs, helped empower parents, and drove a coalition of parents and local leaders to fight for education improvement in the nation's second largest school district. Ryan also spearheaded Communities for Los Angeles Student Success, or C.L.A.S.S., which brought together more than 50 civil rights, education, and advocacy groups to help ensure the city's students receive a quality education.
Previously, Ryan worked in former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's office, where he served as senior director of family and community engagement. In this role, he led a team responsible for all parent, student, and community engagement programs within a network of 22 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Under his leadership, the network of schools experienced an increase in parental involvement of more than 40 percent. He also constructed systems within schools to foster authentic family, school, and community partnerships. Additionally, he founded the award-winning Parent College, which taught more than 3,000 parents key strategies to better support and advocate for their children. Ryan has authored more than a dozen editorials and opinion pieces published in the Los Angeles Times and other publications. Ryan began his career as a youth organizer in South Los Angeles with the California-based group Youth United for Community Action.
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"Ryan's experience in and dedication to improving opportunities for underserved students will be invaluable as we work alongside policymakers, advocates, community members, and educators toward that shared goal."
Ryan completed his undergraduate studies in political science at the University of California, Los Angeles and is currently working toward his doctorate in education there as well. He is an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow and was named by Education Week as one of the "Ten Young Education Leaders to Watch" nationally. He also received the Families in Schools' Parent Engagement Leader of the Year Award.


People: LAUSD Lobbyist Edgar Zazueta - LA School Report

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Previous posts: United Way Education Director Ryan Smith; Big Labor Leader Gets Big Profile; Coalition Spokesperson Hired for NJ Senate Campaign; Villaraigosa Deputy Transitions to New Challenges; Behind the Scenes with David Tokofsky


People: Villaraigosa Deputy Transitions to New Challenges - LA School Report

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Some of Sullivan's other accomplishments include her support of the Parent College program, a set of monthly weekend events created by United Way's Ryan Smith and hosted by the Partnership which are designed to improve parent engagement.

She was also key in advocating for gifted testing for all kids in the district-previously, only those children whose parents requested testing were considered for gifted programs.


Press Releases and Statements | Education Trust

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The Education Trust Welcomes Ryan Smith as Executive Director of Education Trust-West

Ryan Smith
WASHINGTON (October 28, 2014) - The Education Trust is pleased to welcome Ryan Smith as Executive Director of The Education Trust-West. In this position, Ryan will lead an ambitious effort to close opportunity and achievement gaps for students who have been traditionally underserved in California's public education system. His background as a community organizer, education advocate, and champion for equity makes him an outstanding leader for the Education Trust-West team.


Higher education leaders from across the U.S. commit to boost college access and success for low-income, minority students | Education Trust

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The Education Trust Welcomes Ryan Smith as Executive Director of Education Trust-West

Ryan Smith
WASHINGTON (October 28, 2014) - The Education Trust is pleased to welcome Ryan Smith as Executive Director of The Education Trust-West. In this position, Ryan will lead an ambitious effort to close opportunity and achievement gaps for students who have been traditionally underserved in California's public education system. His background as a community organizer, education advocate, and champion for equity makes him an outstanding leader for the Education Trust-West team.

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