Michelle Smith, Ph.D.

    Director of Governmental Relations

    Dr. Michelle Smith joined Raise Your Hand Texas in June 2018 after eight years with HillCo Partners. She connects policy, research and classroom experience to offer innovative approaches to the challenges in education policy in Texas. She brings a unique perspective to the education policy space because she has served as a public school teacher and holds a doctorate in School Improvement from Texas State University. Smith also served as the executive director of the Fast Growth School Coalition (FGSC) for five years.

    Smith has advocated on behalf of education-based for-profits, not-for-profits, advocacy organizations and superintendent-led associations. In 2017, she was named to Capitol Inside’s Top 100 Hired Guns lobby list. At HillCo, she focused on public education issues spanning public school finance, school choice, assessment and accountability, facilities funding, transparency, and elections.

    Smith especially enjoys educating association members and boards of directors regarding how to positively engage in the legislative process. She has presented throughout the state to school districts, education services centers, and colleges of education regarding education policy and the political process.

    Smith is a product of the Texas public school system and is the proud mother of two children attending Texas public schools. She lives in Buda, Texas with her husband, Codie.

    Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. - Neil Postman
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