Andy Smarick

Bernard Lee Schwartz Senior Policy Fellow

Andy Smarick, a Partner in Bellwether Education Partner’s Policy and Thought Leadership practice, is a Bernard Lee Schwartz senior policy fellow with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Andy is a member of the Maryland State Board of Education ​and the author of The Urban School System of the Future. He served as New Jersey’s Deputy Commissioner of Education where he helped lead initiatives including the state’s successful ESEA waiver and Race to the Top 3 applications, the launching of a new teacher evaluation system, and an overhaul of the department’s charter school authorizing. Andy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education and at The White House Domestic Policy Council and has worked for Congress and the Maryland state legislature. Other roles include Adjunct Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and co-founder and COO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Andy also helped launch a college-preparatory charter school for under-served students. He writes regularly for the Flypaper blog and his articles have appeared in the nation’s leading newspapers and journals. He is a former White House Fellow, member of the 2010-11 class of Pahara Fellows, and founding board member of 50CAN. He earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude and with honors, and a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland. Andy lives in Maryland with his wife and three kids.