Bachelor of Arts: Politics
University of San Francisco
Kad Smith is a project coordinator with CompassPoint. He specializes in supporting CompassPoint’s Cohort Leadership Programs and has provided project support for various consulting contracts.
A native of Berkeley, Kad is a self-described “bay-destrian.” His family hails from Texas and across the southern United States. Kad is passionate about community development, social justice, prison reform, and access to economic opportunities in low income communities.
Before joining CompassPoint, Kad worked with the Ecology Center of Berkeley for six years, focusing on community engagement and environmental justice advocacy. Through his work with the Ecology Center, Kad also served as a precinct captain in Berkeley’s Measure D Campaign of 2014, which resulted in the historic passing of the first soda tax in US history. Most recently, Kad served as the Co-Director for Berkeley's Measure Y1 Vote 16 Campaign, resulting in California's first authorization of 16 year olds pariticpating in a municipal election.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Berkeley's Ecology Center and the Berkeley Community Fund. Additionally, Kad is the lead advisor for the Berkeley YMCA’s Youth and Government program, where he advises youth in developing research skills, networking abilities, gaining public speaking confidence, developing legislative literacy and finding their interests in community engagement and local politics. He has previously served as a City Commissioner on Berkeley's Community Health Commission and Police Review Commission.
In his spare time, Kad is an avid reader and writer, sometimes posting pieces to his website www.Kadsmith.com. He also enjoys outdoor adventures, playing basketball, and watching the Golden State Warriors demolish any and all competition.
- Next Generation Leaders of Color
- Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program
- Arc Toward Justice Leadership and Solidarity Program
- Fundraising Academy for Communities of Color
- "Exploring Influence Without Authority”
- "Race Caucusing in an Organizational Context: A POC's Experience"
- "Toward a Transformative Juvenile Justice System”
Recent Speaking Engagements
City of Berkeley – Mayor’s Annual Youth Award Ceremony – Keynote Speaker. May 2013