Michael D. SmithDirector, Social Innovation Fund, Corporation for National and Community Service
Michael is director of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF), a key White House initiative and program of the Corporation for National and Community Service that combines federal and private investment to help scale and replicate evidence-based solutions to complex social challenges. To date, the SIF has invested approximately $177 million in more than 200 pioneering organizations, and secured more than $420 million in non-federal match commitments.
Before joining the Obama Administration Michael served as Senior Vice President of Social Innovation at the Case Foundation, where he oversaw the Foundation’s giving and program strategy. In this role Michael guided numerous sector-building initiatives, such as America’s Giving Challenge, Be Fearless and the Make It Your Own Awards, which the New York Times called “the first time a major foundation is offering the public a direct role in deciding who should receive some of its money.” He also played a key leadership role in the design and support of several highly regarded public-private partnerships including the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership, A Billion + Change, and most recently the Startup America Partnership, a private-sector call to action which has led to more than 30 state affiliates, 13,000 member firms and billions of dollars in resources aimed at making it easier for entrepreneurs to scale companies and strengthen communities.
Before joining the Case Foundation, Michael helped build national initiatives aimed at bridging the “digital divide” at the Beaumont Foundation of America and PowerUP. Michael has also served as a senior program and communications staff member at a Massachusetts Boys & Girls Club, was an aide to U.S. Congressman Richard E. Neal and has a B.A. in Communications from Marymount University.
Prior to his appointment, Michael served for many years on the boards of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement (PACE), Idealist.org and Public Allies.