Sid Smith, JD

Education Advisor and Legal Counsel

Sid Smith is active in many organizations dedicated to service in the areas of education and economic development. He is a Senior Advisor to Bellwether Education Partners, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the achievement of high-needs students, where he consults on organizational effectiveness and diversity matters. He is a Pahara‐Aspen Institute Fellow and is a founding board member of Pahara Institute, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify, strengthen, and sustain diverse high‐potential leaders who are transforming public education. Sid also serves on the boards of the University of the District of Columbia, the David A. Clarke School of Law Foundation, and Reading Partners, Washington, D.C. He is on the Advisory Board for the St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, serves on the St. Andrew’s Diversity Council, and coaches the school’s girls’ junior varsity and middle school basketball teams.

Sid’s economic-focused activities include being a Charter Member of The Marathon Foundation, an organization focused on increasing investment of capital into businesses with significant minority ownership or management; serving as past Chair of the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce Incubator Advisory Board; and serving as a former Commissioner on the Virginia Governor’s Commission on Minority Business Enterprise. Sid is also the founder and President of SRS Counsel PLLC, a solo law practice that provides virtual general counsel services on a range of corporate and transactional matters. Sid graduated from Yale with a BA in English, where he was a member of the varsity basketball team, and received his JD from the University of Virginia’s School of Law.