MAGAN GONZALES-SMITH’s passion for public education and commitment to education justice is shaped by being the daughter of a first-generation college student and her decade of work with urban school districts.
Magan has dedicated her career to working with public school students, educators and school district leaders to dismantle barriers to success for students of color and other historically marginalized students. Most recently, Magan served as Associate Director of Insights & Impact for Hill Learning Center where she built research partnerships and supported YE Smith Elementary and Eastway Elementary on delivering literacy strategies for struggling readers.
Her past work includes recruiting public school teachers in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education, designing teacher and principal professional growth systems in Detroit with TNTP (The New Teacher Project), creating policy strategy for the NC Large District Superintendent Consortium, and managing teacher grants for the Asheville City Schools Foundation.
Magan received her B.A. in Political Science from George Washington University and her Master's in Public Policy from Duke University. Magan grew up in North Carolina and she and her husband now make their home in East Durham.
Magan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors
The Durham Public Schools Foundation launched in August 2018. The effort was spearheaded by a group of community members, including parents, educators and business leaders, who believe that all students can flourish in Durham Public Schools when the community comes together to support our students, educators and families.
These community members make up the founding board:
These community leaders serve as ambassadors for the DPS Foundation. They believe DPSF's mission and approach can transform our public schools and ensure all students thrive in DPS. They serve as public champions for this work and advise the Board of Directors.