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Dr. Kelly D

Data Coach

Dr. Kelly D. Smith is the founder of AEWAS Consulting, which guides individuals, organizations, and communities through data-informed change processes to empower equity and social mobility. She recently retired as a senior research analyst in planning and research at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC, where her work focused on equity and student success. As part of her work at Central Piedmont, Dr. Smith collaborated with the Parr Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence to develop data literacy training for faculty and staff.

Dr. Smith also serves as a research and policy associate at the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy in Boston, MA, where she brings her research and writing expertise to CWPPP initiatives focused on equity audits and community government. Her work with the Equity Audit Initiative included identifying foundational scholarship to inform metric and audit processes for small and mid-sized government bodies.

Ed.D. (Adult and Community College Education) | North Carolina State University

Graduate certificate (Gender, Leadership and Public Policy) | University of Massachusetts, Boston

SAS® Certified Base Programmer

Past Experience
Research and Policy Associate | Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy (CWPPP), Boston, MA

Senior Research Analyst | Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), Charlotte, NC

Secondary Science Instructor | Union County Public Schools, Monroe, NC

How has education changed your life/your family?

Education provided me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to work in multiple roles in my career. After starting as a forensic DNA and crime scene analyst I successfully transitioned into the roles of a high school teacher, an undergraduate and graduate adjunct instructor, an institutional research analyst, a research associate in public policy, and a coach with Achieving the Dream. Without ongoing education, my career would be less interesting and fulfilling.

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