Policy and External Relations Manager
Keisha Smith, Ph.D., brings nearly 15 years of experience in a variety of educational settings to Ed Trust in Louisiana. Her advocacy work has focused on ensuring all children have access to a high quality education through high academic standards, highly effective educators, and robust accountability.
During her tenure at the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Keisha successfully advocated for school choice, was a key partner in the implementation of an equitable and transparent centralized school enrollment system, and brokered positive parent-school relationships. Before that, Keisha served as the public engagement director at the Center for Development and Learning. Keisha has also held the positions of adjunct professor at Louisiana State University, Drexel University, and Xavier University.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Keisha holds a B.S. in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, an M.Ed. in Adult Education, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Research from Louisiana State University.
What are people most surprised to learn about you?
That I love animals and worked with them at the zoo as a teenager. I also had a snake as a pet for 15 years.
Finishing my doctoral degree after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina while being the mother of a 4-year-old and pregnant with twins.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Although I attended private school growing up in New Orleans, I lived in a neighborhood where many of my friends went to public school. I saw firsthand the inequities that existed in our educational experiences. Our work at Ed Trust shines a light on the opportunity gap and brings us closer to closing it every single day.