President and CEO
Mr. Kenneth M. Smith serves as President and CEO of Jobs for America’s Graduates, Inc. (JAG), the nation’s largest, most consistently applied model of high school retention and school-to-career transition for high-risk young people of great promise.
Mr. Smith is also Chairman and Chief Executive of Strategic Partnerships LLC.
Prior to founding JAG, Mr. Smith served as staff aide to President Nixon (1969-70); as Director of Special Projects for the Distributive Education Clubs of America; and founder and President of 70,0001 Ltd., a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping high school dropouts obtain employment. Thereafter, he served in a new post as Senior Advisor to the Governor of Delaware on all activities related to education at the secondary and postsecondary levels. During this period, he chaired the Commission of the Future of Education in Delaware and was nominated to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Delaware Technical College.
Mr. Smith serves as a Trustee of the America’s Promise Alliance, founded in 1997 with General Colin Powell as Chairman and chaired today by Alma Powell, is a cross-sector partnership of more than 300 corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations and advocacy groups that are passionate about improving lives and changing outcomes for children.
Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the American University School of International Service.. He resides with his wife in Sarasota, Florida. His daughters, Jennifer and Tara, reside in Washington, D.C. and New York City respectively in pursuit of their careers.
Kenneth M. Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer
Jobs for America’s Graduates
1729 King Street, Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314-2720