Jason Smith, Ph.D.

  • Partnership executive director, Bridging Richmond
  • Phone: (804) 828-3909
  • Email: smithjw4@vcu.edu

Jason Smith serves as the executive director for Bridging Richmond, a regional cradle-to-career initiative that brings together leaders in Pre-K-12 schools, higher education, business and industry, community organizations, government leaders and other stakeholders who are committed to ensuring that Richmond is economically competitive and provides sustainable career paths for all people. Smith's most recent role with the organization was manager for evidence based decision making.

Smith has worked in the philanthropic, health and education sectors for 15 years. He is passionate about the use of data and other forms of evidence to inform decision making and continuous improvement. Combining improvement science and results facilitation, Smith advises funders, government and nonprofit organizations on measurement and program strategy. Most recently, Smith facilitated the development of the Impact Framework for MSR 2020, a middle school out-of-school time intermediary.

Prior to joining Bridging Richmond, Smith served as a program evaluation manager and community health liaison for Bon Secours Richmond; director and CAO of a statewide Baptist nonprofit; and community center director in Richmond’s East End. Smith has served in a leadership role in multiple civic efforts, including the chair and president, respectively, of the Hanover Early Childhood Council and the Virginia Rural Health Resource Center Board.

Bridging Richmond is a cradle to career partnership anchored by VCU and supported by the greater Richmond region. The organization is hosted in the Division of Community Engagement as an aligned contribution to the partnership.

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology and Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Master of Divinity, Baptist Seminary at Richmond
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and Learning, Virginia Commonwealth University