Aaron Smith

Chief of Staff for Data and Justice Policy

Prior to coming to the Institute, Aaron served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (Fleet Marine Force) and deployed with the Army and Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After active duty service, he established the Community Outreach Program at the Texas Veterans Commission where he was responsible for working with communities to build collaborations among local organizations and coordinate state and federal benefits for their veteran population.

Since joining the Institute he has worked closely with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to develop and support the Texas Veterans and Family Alliance grant program, a $20 million per biennium program aimed at improving the quality of life of Texas veterans and their families by expanding the availability of, increasing access to, and enhancing delivery of mental health treatment and service. He has also worked on system-wide mental health needs assessments in the Panhandle, East Texas, and Coastal Bend areas, performed veterans program evaluations for nonprofit organizations and local government entities, and helped develop and integrate innovative veteran-specific mental health programs with nationally recognized organizations and thought leaders.

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