Ryan Smith

Prior to joining the Partnership, I was the Executive Director of the Education Trust-West and Vice President of Strategic Advocacy at for the Education Trust, an education civil rights organization dedicated to closing opportunity gaps. At The Education Trust-West, I worked on producing actionable, accessible research and advocacy tools that reached state policymakers and on-the-ground community advocates and education leaders alike. I also led the team’s development and production of Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Students in California, and The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California. Before Ed Trust, I served as the Director of Education Programs and Policy for the United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where I was responsible for education program and policy efforts for the organization.

After having the honor of launching the Partnership’s Family and Community Engagement Team and founding the Parent College Program, I have returned as their Chief External Officer. In this role, I am responsible for strategic and operational oversight of the Partnership’s development, communications, policy and advocacy, and family and community engagement initiatives. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UCLA, and I am also pursuing a Doctorate of Education (EdD) from UCLA. I’ve also served as an Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellow and a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. In my spare time, I enjoy museums, traveling, volunteering, and overall angelic trouble-making. 

Ryan has authored more than a dozen editorials and opinion pieces published in the Los Angeles Times and other publications. And was named by Education Week as one of the “Ten Education Leaders to Watch” nationally. He also received the Families in Schools’ “Parent Engagement Leader of the Year Award”.