WASHINGTON (June 5, 2018) – The R Street Institute today announced the addition of Andy Smarick director of Civil Society, Education and Work, where he will research and write on issues such as K-12 schooling, localism, philanthropy, governing institutions and workforce preparation.

Prior to his arrival at R Street, Andy was a Morgridge Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and served as president of the Maryland State Board of Education. Previously, he worked at the White House as an aide in the Domestic Policy Counsel and was a deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Education. Additionally, he was the deputy commissioner of education in New Jersey and a legislative assistant in the US House of Representatives.

“Andy is a top scholar who knows federal, state, and local school policy,” said Vice President of Policy, Kevin Kosar. “And he is a dad. So, he knows education and work are the path to the American dream. I am delighted he has joined our team.”

Andy is the author of three books: The Urban School System of the Future: Applying the Principles and Lessons of Chartering (New Frontiers in Education) (2012), Closing America’s High-achievement Gap: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Helping Our Most Talented Students Reach Their Full Potential (2013) and Catholic School Renaissance: A Wise Giver’s Guide to Strengthening a National Asset (2015). He is the co-editor of a new book on rural education forthcoming in fall 2018 with Rowman & Littlefield Education Press.

Andy earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland where he graduated summa cum laude and with honors. His master’s in public policy was earned at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.

He lives in Stevensville, Maryland with his wife and three kids.