Lay Witness: Dr. Anthony Smith


Dr. Anthony Smith is the former superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), serving from 2009 to 2013. Prior to joining OUSD, Dr. Smith served as deputy superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District and superintendent of the Emery Unified School District in Emeryville, California. Previously, Smith directed the Math, Science, Technology Initiative at the Emeryville Citywide Initiative and several major programs at the former Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools , now known as The National Equity Project.

In 1992, Dr. Smith received his B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in the Division of Language and Literacy from Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.