Eshauna Smith

Eshauna Smith is the first national Director of Community Mobilization at the Ballmer Group. In this role, Eshauna will help to improve economic mobility and reduce racial disparities at scale through place-based partnerships, with a specific focus on building talent pipelines to accelerate progress. Eshauna has built a career that reflects her passion for supporting communities working to overcome systemic barriers to opportunity. She has focused on fostering cross sector collaboration, holding systems accountable, and delivering high-quality, data-driven services to improve equity, inclusion, and social outcomes. Prior to joining the Ballmer Group, Eshauna served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer/President of Urban Alliance, and as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, DC. Eshauna has received numerous recognitions and awards for her leadership and advocacy work on behalf of youth and families, most recently being named a 2019 Murdoch Community Hero and a Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Washington Business Journal. Eshauna holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley


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Eshauna Smith

Director of Community Engagement, Ballmer Group

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