Aaron Garth Smith is an education policy analyst at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.

Prior to joining Reason, Aaron was senior director of analytics at YES Prep Public Schools, a nationally renowned charter management organization serving nearly 10,000 students. At YES, Aaron was the founding member of the analytics department and oversaw research, state accountability, and data management. In 2012, he was selected by Texas Charter School Association to serve on the on the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee for the State of Texas where he worked with superintendents, business executives, and policy leaders to develop an accountability system that was implemented state-wide.

Aaron graduated from University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in business administration and earned a Master of Business Administration from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Aaron is based in Houston, Texas.

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