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.