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Ralph Smith

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Senior Vice President 

Mr. Smith is senior vice president of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. He also serves as managing director for the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a national effort to increase rates of third-grade reading proficiency, especially for children from low-income families. From 1975 to 1997, he sat on the faculty of the Law School of the University of Pennsylvania, teaching corporate law, securities regulations, and education law and policy. He served on the boards of Leap Frog Enterprises, Inc., from 2005 to 2009 and Nobel Learning Communities, Inc., from 2007 to 2011. He also served on the boards of Venture Philanthropy Partners and the Center for Responsible Lending. Smith also has held a number of senior leadership positions for the School District of Philadelphia, including chief of staff, senior consultant and special counsel. He received his undergraduate degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles, a J.D. from the University of California and served as a teaching fellow and LLM/SJD candidate at Harvard University.

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