Kirk Smiley, Principal Director, Advocacy and Public Partnerships, DonorsChoose.org. Kirk Smiley leads DonorsChoose.org’s work with school districts, state leaders, and education associations, helping them leverage the award-winning charity to serve their educational priorities and bring substantial support to teachers and students. He’s presented to thousands of district administrators, including at national and state-level AASA, ASBO, NSBA, NSFA, and ISTE conferences. He previously spent 10 years managing corporate and foundation partnerships at DonorsChoose.org and joined DonorsChoose.org back in 2007, originally directing their Indiana statewide expansion. Kirk graduated with honors from Purdue with B.A. degrees in English Literature and Religious Studies, a B.S. in Management, and an MBA from the Krannert School of Management. Coming from a long lineage of public school educators, he is honored to be helping thousands of teachers and students through DonorsChoose.org.