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Kirby Smith

Vice President of Foundation Strategy

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Todd Spoth

Kirby partners with Arnold Ventures' president and executive leadership team on a range of important strategic projects. She has expertise helping organizations in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors address their most critical strategic challenges. Before joining Arnold Ventures, Kirby worked as a management consultant in Bain & Company’s Chicago and Johannesburg offices, served as a fellow at the Civic Consulting Alliance in Chicago, and was an analyst focused on higher education and technology issues at Ithaka Strategy and Research.

She has also worked as a project manager on a Baltimore-based education reform project, and as a language arts teacher at the American School of Sao Paulo. Kirby holds a master’s of business administration and a master’s of public policy from the University of Michigan. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.

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