Hannah Smith


Hannah began supporting the Postsecondary Transitions portfolio in 2023. Hannah‘s time in K-12 schools as a counselor and advisor instilled a strong commitment to equity and a belief in high quality, aligned student support systems. Prior to joining ESG, she served as the Vice President of Partnerships at Moneythink, an ed-tech nonprofit focused on making college more accessible for low-income and first generation students. Hannah also led the partnership and technical assistance strategy for the nonprofit managing the state of California’s official college and career platform, CCGI. In her role with Jobs for the Future, she provided coaching to educator and workforce teams as they developed high-quality, intersegmental career pathways.
She holds an AA from City College of San Francisco, a BA in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and a M.Ed in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She loves yoga, hanging with her kids, and spending time in the garden.

Why are you in this work?

I have spent the last decade focused on cross-sector systems change, designing high-quality, equity-centered programming for K-12, nonprofit, workforce, and higher education systems. As a low-income student who spent years struggling to find my own postsecondary path, I know firsthand how challenging it can be to determine the best path after high school. I do this work for the students, educators, systems, and families that are on a mission to find upward economic mobility.

Why ESG?

ESG is dedicated to finding creative, equity-focused ways to improve education and workforce systems in this country. I am honored to work alongside such a talented, committed group of folks and look forward to getting to know the team and our partners!

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