Andy Smarick is civil society, education and work director at the R Street Institute.

Andy joined R Street in May 2018. Most recently, he 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 at the US House of Representatives.

A 2007-2008 White House Fellow, Andy has authored 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 has another book coming out in 2018 on rural education.

Andy earned his BA at the University of Maryland where he graduated summa cum laude with honors. His MPP was earned at UMD’s School of Public Policy.

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


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