Drew Smith

Drew joins Transcend as a Partner on the School Design Services team, supporting schools in their journeys to center adult and student well-being. Prior to joining Transcend, Drew served in the Washington, DC Public Schools for 12 years as a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. 

Recognizing the need to reimagine the school experience, as principal, Drew and his team at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School joined the initial DC Public Schools Design Lab, centering movement and physical activity for students and staff. Later, to further expand the school design and increase student opportunity, his school joined the first Whole Child Collaborative in partnership with Transcend. 

After seeing the immediate shift in the day to day school experience, when wellbeing and equitable opportunity are centered, Drew is motivated to support similar redesigns alongside school communities across the country.

Drew has a B.A. from the University of Buffalo, a M.A.T. from American University and a Post-Master’s Leadership Certificate from George Washington University. Outside of work, Drew can be found spending time with his wife, Ayana and new baby boy, Cameron, searching for the next coffee shop, park or restaurant to bring family and friends together.


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