The Smidt Foundation
Senior Program and Community Engagement Director
Lindsey Kozberg is Senior Program and Community Engagement Director at The Smidt Foundation, the private charitable foundation inspired by Eric Smidt’s deep commitment to help open doors of opportunity, and advance justice, equality, and safety for all. Her work includes supporting the foundation’s Harbor Freight Tools for Schools program, which invests in schools and teachers offering high school students pathways to graduation, opportunity, and careers in the skilled trades. Lindsey has led strategic communications and government relations at the nonpartisan RAND Corporation and at Truth Initiative, the public health foundation dedicated to ending tobacco use. During the George W. Bush Administration she was director of public affairs for the U.S. Department of Education and a White House special assistant responsible for advancing national service and civic engagement. Trained as a land use attorney, Lindsey has helped to adapt and build projects across Los Angeles working with real estate developers and sports, civic, and education institutions. A graduate of Princeton University and Stanford Law School, Lindsey supports the creation and growth of excellent and equitable schools and systems by serving on the boards of ExED, Great Public Schools Now, and the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools as well as Coro Southern California.