Ben Smith


Ben is a native Rhode Islander lucky enough to have been able to move back after ten years in Brooklyn to resettle in Providence and co-found the Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy charter school. In March of 2016, Ben leaped at the opportunity to join the education technology start-up Panorama Education, a company dedicated to expanding new forms of measurement, data analysis, and improvement tools into schools through student, family, and teacher surveys, as well as Social-Emotional Learning measurement. Ben lives in Fox Point with his wife and two daughters. In his pre-education life he was a musician and independent record label owner and can still be found in living room jam sessions at home, but now they often involve a toddler on drums or piano. Ben is excited to start this exciting journey with the YIA board!