Senior Policy Analyst
William C. Smith joined the GEM Report team in 2016. William’s research focuses on education’s role in economic and social development with special interests in national testing policies, educator based accountability, population health, and equity in educational inputs and outcomes. Prior to joining the team William helped develop and pilot the Right to Education Index as a Senior Associate at RESULTS Educational Fund, was a Thomas J. Alexander Fellow at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and spent six years teaching secondary social studies. William holds a dual-title Ph.D. in Education Theory & Policy and Comparative International Education from the Pennsylvania State University, a Masters degree in International Development from the University of Denver, a Masters degree in Teaching from Western Oregon University, and a Bachelors degree in Sociology from Portland State University.