Ashley Smith Juarez: School Board Candidate District 3

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District 3 pits a fresh faced, talented newcomer to politics against an election veteran. Ashley Smith Juarez is energetic, impassioned, committed to reform and comes with a sizzling resume. Join us after the jump for a look at her resume and a brief candidate statement! Ashley is definitely an asset to this community and would make a great addition to the School Board

Ashley Smith Juarez's Personal Statement

I am running for School Board because I am a lifelong educator dedicated to doing what is best for Jacksonville’s children. Our students and our city deserve excellent schools. I will use my experience as a classroom teacher, student mentor, athletic coach, dropout prevention specialist and director of an education reform foundation to deliver a top‐notch school system for our children and our community. First‐rate public schools are the key component to a better quality of life for every Jacksonville resident. Jacksonville has waited too long for the schools to improve. The time for better schools is now.

I will make sure our schools and our teachers have the support and accountability needed to provide students with safe, inspiring and focused learning environments. My extensive education experience, leadership and determination are what Jacksonville needs to provide an excellent education for every child while maintaining fiscal responsibility. To learn more about my plan for Better Schools Now, please visit the campaign website at Vote Ashley Smith Juarez for School Board on August 14.

Ashley with MetroJacksonvillager Doug Skiles at a cash mob organized by Metrojacksonville stalwart Mike Field!


Professional Experience:
2011-Present Executive Director, The Chartrand Foundation Jacksonville, FL

Develop programming, grantmaking and grant management strategies and systems that are effective and aligned with the Foundation's vision/mission, and ensure that such strategies and systems are implemented well

Establish accountability standards and systems that track the Foundation's effectiveness and impact

Ensure that Foundation staff are properly selected, supported and guided and that their professional development is nurtured

Assist the Board as appropriate in developing operational budgets and financial tracking systems that are effective; and ensuring that such strategies and systems are implemented well

Contribute to the dialogue, vision and direction of the local community, the field of The Foundation's focus area, and the field of philanthropy


Deputy Director, Chartrand Foundation Jacksonville, FL

Assisted in the research and development of the Neighborhood Schools of Choice (NSC) Initiative, piloted in the New Town Success Zone

Evaluated potential grantee organizations and grant applications

Provided grant oversight, technical support, and guidance to grantees with regard to program management and organizational development

Communicated the goals and practices of The Foundation throughout the community to diverse audiences through written material, presentations and one-on-one conversations

Engaged in reflective practice regarding the grant portfolio and strategic success o Assisted in developing a new strategy and grantmaking framework and practices

2008-Present Community Liaison: H. Smith Inc. Jacksonville, FL

Manage Emily Balz Smith Foundation (EBSF) finances and budget

Facilitate EBSF organizational development including development and implementation of a mission and vision and streamlining of grantmaking practices o Plan and facilitate EBSF Board Meetings and provide opportunities for board involvement in the community

Promote philanthropy and collaboration among philanthropists in the community

Student Advocate, Communities in Schools Jacksonville, FL


Faculty Member, The Bolles School Jacksonville, FL
7th grade US History and 8th grade American Government teacher Coaching assignments (2002-2008)

Provided case management for students and mentors through Take Stock in Children o Assisted in planning and executing events such as contract signings, mentor/student luncheons, Rally in Tally and the Unsung Heroes event

Managed partnerships with other organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters,

MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation and The Atlantic Circle o Conducted mentor recruiting and training sessions

Jesse Ball duPont Excellence in Teaching Award (2004, 2005, 2006) Awarded Duane Ottenstroer Fellowship (2007) *declined due to resignation

2002 Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN
BS with majors in History and Secondary Education, Magna Cum Laude

To find out more about Ashley Smith Juarez or to donate or help the campaign, check out her campaign website:

District 3 Candidate Ashley Smith Juarez Questionnaire