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Executive Director, Education Trust - West

The Education Trust Inc

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The Education Trust Inc

1250 H St. NW, Ste. 700

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20005

United States

Company Description

The Education Trust was created to promote high academic achievement for all students, at all levels-pre-kindergarten through college. While we know that all schools could better serve their students, our work focuses on those most often left behind in pl ... more

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Employment History

Director of Education Programs and Policy

United Way of Greater Los Angeles


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


University of California , Los Angeles

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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.

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Capitol Welcome Reception for Ryan J. Smith, Executive Director of Ed Trust-west

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Ryan Smith, Director of Education Programs and Policy, United Way of Greater Los Angeles

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Ryan Smith

Director of Education Programs and Policy, United Way LA

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"When we talk about this issue we have to start with equity and what does that mean," says Ryan Smith, director of education programs and policy for The United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

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