Andrew R. Smarick

Andrew R. Smarick, (President) is a Partner​ ​at​ ​Bellwether​ ​Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving K-12 education, particularly for disadvantaged students.​ ​Previously, he was an education aide at the White House Domestic Policy Council and​ ​Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. Earlier in his career, he served as a legislative aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland and members of the Maryland General Assembly. He also served as​ ​Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education.

Andy​ ​was​ ​a member of Governor Robert Ehrlich's Commission on Quality Education. He​ ​helped found a college-preparatory charter school and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools​ ​and was a founding board member of 50CAN. He​ ​is a former White House Fellow​ ​and​ ​Pahara-Aspen Institute​ ​Fellow. His recent work includes projects on ​ESEA reauthorization, ​gifted​ ​education, rural​ ​schooling, urban systemic reform, urban Catholic schooling, charter schools, private-school choice, standards and assessments, and educator effectiveness.

Andy is a product of Maryland's primary and secondary public schools. He earned a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude and with honors​,​ from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master's degree in public management from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Andy lives in Stevensville, Maryland with his wife and three kids.