Andrew R. (Andy) Smarick is the Morgridge Fellow in Education at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on education and related domestic and social policy issues. Concurrently, he serves as president of the Maryland State Board of Education.

Mr. Smarick started his career as a legislative assistant to Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) after being a legislative aide in the Maryland General Assembly. He went on to serve as the cofounder and chief operating officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

Mr. Smarick has served as a White House fellow in the Domestic Policy Council; a deputy assistant secretary of planning, evaluation, and policy development at the US Department of Education; and a distinguished visiting fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. He has also served as deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, where he helped lead initiatives on an Elementary and Secondary Education Act waiver, the state’s successful Race to the Top application, the launch of a new teacher evaluation system, and an overhaul of the department’s charter school authorization system.

Immediately before rejoining AEI, where he served as an adjunct fellow in 2010, Mr. Smarick was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where he worked on a variety of projects, including school accountability, rural education, gifted student programs, and the reform of urban school systems.

Mr. Smarick is the author of “The Urban School System of the Future” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). His writings have appeared in Bloomberg View, National Affairs, National Review, Time, The Weekly Standard, and Education Next, among others.

Mr. Smarick has both a master of public management degree from the School of Public Policy and an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.


  • Maryland State Board of Education: President, 2016–present
  • Bellwether Education Partners: Partner, 2012–16
  • New Jersey Department of Education: Deputy Commissioner, 2010–12
  • American Enterprise Institute: Adjunct Fellow, 2009–10
  • Thomas B. Fordham Foundation: Distinguished Visiting Fellow, 2009–10
  • US Department of Education: Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, 2008–09
  • The White House: White House Fellow, Domestic Policy Council, 2007–08
  • National Alliance for Public Charter Schools: Cofounder, Chief Operating Officer, 2006–07; Chief of Staff, 2005–06
  • Charter School Leadership Council: Director, 2003–05
  • Office of Rep. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD): Legislative Assistant, 2001–03
  • Maryland General Assembly: Legislative Assistant (education and health), 1998–99


M.P.M., School of Public Policy, and B.A., government and politics, University of Maryland, College Park