In Chapter 9 of 22 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, elementary charter school network CEO Preston Smith answers "How Does Your Work Allow You to Impact the Community You Love and Make a Difference?" After 14 years living in San Jose, Smith finds purpose and meaning in serving over 5,000 families by providing quality education. He is reminded of his contribution daily, engaging parents and their children around the community at church and around town. He finds inspiration knowing there is an opportunity to expand his local school model from San Jose, California into Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Nashville, Tennessee.
Preston Smith is co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education, the highest performing low-income school system in California. After graduating the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Smith joined Teach for America. After three years teaching 1st Grade, he founded a district school in San Jose and became its principal. Smith was selected as a member of the 2010 class of Aspen Institute New Schools Fellows.