Ph.D., University of Delaware
Economic Development Policy, Community Revitalization, Social Impact Investing
Edward Smith is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management and Policy in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. A former Coro Fellow, Dr. Smith holds a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware’s Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, an M.S. in Urban Policy and Management from New School University, and a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Smith is the former Chief Opportunity Zones Officer for the City of Atlanta’s Economic Development Authority (Invest Atlanta), where he developed and led the strategy for connecting qualified investors to entrepreneurs and real estate developers located within Atlanta’s most distressed communities. Dr. Smith also served as the Deputy Director of Development and Planning at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, where he helped facilitate New York City’s first EB-5 investment. His work has been recognized in the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council: Best Practices Report to the President, and by Forbes.com as a Top 20 OZ- Catalyst.