Michael Smith, Keynote Speaker

Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

Michael is Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Cabinet Affairs for My Brother’s Keeper at the White House. In this role he manages the president’s initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential.  

Prior to joining the White House team, Michael served as director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that combines federal and private investment to help scale and replicate evidence-based solutions to complex social challenges. Before joining the Obama Administration Michael served as Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation's giving and program strategy, and guided numerous sector-building initiatives and public-private partnerships, such as the Startup America Partnership.

Prior to the Case Foundation, Michael helped build national initiatives aimed at bridging the “digital divide” at the Beaumont Foundation of America and PowerUP, served as a senior program and communications staff member at a the Family Center Boys & Girls Club in Springfield, MA, was an aide to U.S. Congressman Richard E. Neal and received a B.A. in Communications from Marymount University.  Michael also served for many years on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), Idealist.org and Public Allies prior to his government service.