Andy Smarick
Resident Fellow


  • Charter schools
  • Politics
  • School choice
  • Teacher quality

Andrew R. Smarick is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he works on education and related domestic and social policy issues. Concurrently, he serves as president of the Maryland State Board of Education and a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. Smarick started his career as a legislative aide in the Maryland General Assembly and later served as director of the nonprofit Charter School Leadership Council. He was also the co-founder and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Immediately before rejoining AEI, where he served as an adjunct fellow in 2010, Smarick was a partner at Bellwether Education Partners, where he worked on school accountability, rural education, gifted student programs, and the reform of urban school systems. Smarick is the author of “The Urban School System of the Future,” and his writings have appeared in Bloomberg View, National Affairs, National Review, Time, The Weekly Standard, and Education Next, among other publications. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Smarick has a master’s degree in public management from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy.