Jason Smith, Partnership Executive Director
Jason Smith is currently serving 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. His most recent role was Manager for Evidence Based Decision Making for Bridging Richmond.
Jason has been working 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, Jason advises funders, government and nonprofit organizations on measurement and program strategy. Most recently, Jason facilitated the development of the Impact Framework for MSR 2020, a middle school out-of-school time intermediary. Prior to joining Bridging Richmond, Jason 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. He 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.
Jason earned a PhD from VCU in Organizational Leadership and Learning, where he combined coursework in public and nonprofit administration and organizational learning. His dissertation on the role of cognition and emotion in organizational change received the 2010 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the School of Education. Jason holds an MDiv from the Baptist Seminary at Richmond, a BS in Biology and BA in Religious Studies from VCU. Jason also completed executive and continuing professional education on Measurement, Design, and Analysis Methods at Harvard.