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Kim Smith is the founder and former CEO of the Pahara Institute. She is widely recognized as an innovative and entrepreneurial leader in education, and was featured in Newsweek’s report on the “Women of the 21st Century” as “the kind of woman who will shape America’s new century.” Immediately prior to the Pahara Institute, Kim was co-founder of Bellwether Education Partners, a nonprofit organization working to improve educational outcomes for low-income students. Earlier in her career she served as a founding team member at Teach For America, created and led an AmeriCorps program for community-based leaders in education, managed a business start-up and completed a brief stint in early online learning at Silicon Graphics. After completing her M.B.A. at Stanford University, she co-founded and led NewSchools Venture Fund, a philanthropy focused on transforming public education through social entrepreneurship, where she helped to catalyze a new, bipartisan, crosssector community of entrepreneurial change agents for public education. Ms. Smith has helped to incubate numerous education and social change organizations and has served on a range of boards. She has authored or co authored a number of publications about innovation and social entrepreneurial change in education. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is a 2002 Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.