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Executive Director

Phone: (510) ***-**** ext. ***  
Email: r***@***.org
Local Address:  Oakland , California , United States
The Education Trust Inc
1250 H St. NW Suite 700
Washington Dc , District of Columbia 20005
United States

Company Description: The Education Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college, and forever closing the achievement...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • University of California , Los Angeles
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Web References
Senior Leadership | Education Trust, 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
Ryan Smith
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.
"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.
Higher education leaders from across the U.S. commit to boost college access and success for low-income, minority students | Education Trust, 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
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.
Education | United Way of Greater Los Angeles, 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
For more information about our efforts to ensure a high quality education for all of our kids, contact Ryan Smith, Director of Education Programs and Policy, at 213-808-6407
United Way's Director of Education Policy ..., 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
United Way's Director of Education Policy and Programming, Ryan Smith
The article quoted our own Ryan Smith, director of education policy and programming, who made the case for supporting - rather than obstructing - the school district's efforts to improve low-performing schools: "We have a long way to go to in ensuring there is equity and access for all students, but there are some signs we're headed in the right direction…"
LA School Report, the most widely read blog devoted solely to education in Los Angeles, reported on CLASS as well. Ryan was quoted heretoo: "These organizations, for decades, have been working very hard to increase equitable access to education," said Smith. "We all value the same thing.
For information about our efforts to ..., 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
For information about our efforts to ensure a high quality education for all of our kids, contact Ryan Smith, Director of Education Programs and Policy, at 213-808-6407 or
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