Hannah Smith is a program manager in Jobs for the Future's Pathways to Prosperity Network, working to develop and support pathways through education to employment nationwide. Located in the Oakland, CA, office, Ms. Smith provides support for learning communities funded by the CA Endowment, Irvine Linked Learning Hubs of Excellence, and the CA Career Pathways Trust. She also offers management and administrative support for pathways projects across the state. In support of California-based learning communities, Ms. Smith designs and executes small-group virtual discussions and cross-site convenings and maintains an online platform to assist in regional connectivity and shared learning. In addition, Ms. Smith is a site coach for one of the Regional Hubs of Excellence grantees, offering just-in-time assistance, site visits, and calls to support strategic design and implementation of sustainable, high functioning Hubs of Excellence that expand and scale Linked Learning pathways and programs.
Prior to joining Jobs for the Future, Ms. Smith worked for Helix Learning Partners, conducting program evaluation and research. She also has experience as a counselor in both Boston and Oakland public schools, supporting college and career readiness and offering general student support services for at-risk youth. She has a strong interest in working at the nexus of research, policy, and practice and using this triangulation to endorse equity and access for low-income students. Ms. Smith holds an associate's degree in social and behavioral science from City College of San Francisco, a bachelor's degree in ethnic studies and education from UC Berkeley, and a master's degree in prevention science and practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.