Bachelor of Arts: Politics
University of San Francisco
[Pronouns: he/ him / his, they/ them/ theirs]
Kad Smith is a project director with CompassPoint. In his time at CompassPoint Kad has specialized in program design and the facilitation of CompassPoint’s cohort leadership programs. Outside of his work with CompassPoint’s cohort leadership programs, Kad enjoys facilitating workshops in CompassPoint’s public training program where he covers a broad range of content and topics.
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 racial justice, prison reform, civic engagement, and the liberation of all marginalized people across the globe.
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 and 17 year olds participating in a municipal election.
He has previously served on the Board of Directors for Berkeley's Ecology Center, the Berkeley Community Fund and as a City Commissioner on Berkeley's Community Health Commission and Police Review Commission. Additionally, Kad recently concluded his tenure of five years advising for the Berkeley YMCA’s Youth and Government program, where he advised young leaders to cultivate skills for a wide range of different types of political engagement.
In his spare time, Kad is an avid reader and writer. He also enjoys outdoor adventures, playing basketball and NBA2k (as he says, "come get this work!!!"), 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