adia-copy.jpgAdia Smith
Director of Major Gifts

Adia Smith has been the Director of Major Gifts at Youth Policy Institute since August 2014.

Previous to joining YPI, Adia was the So Cal/SW Finance Director for Barack Obama’s national political campaigns, responsible for helping to raise over $80 million for his candidacy since 2007. Important past projects include the California Women’s Conference, chaired by Maria Shriver; two Presidential Inaugurations; the Democratic National Committee; and both the 2008 & 2012 Presidential campaigns.

Adia was selected to be one of 20 participants in the 2006 class of “Yes We Can,” a program supported by Hopefund. Following that, she was Baltimore city field organizer for the Maryland Democratic Party/Coordinated Campaign. Adia is experienced in all areas of fundraising, volunteer recruitment and management.

Adia says that a career in non-profit fundraising gives her an opportunity to interact with different types of people from all walks of life. A native Angeleno, Adia attended the University of California, Davis. A die-hard Lakers fan, Adia resides in the Mid-Wilshire area with her family and a sassy Pomeranian named Ivy.


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