Aaron Smith, MBA, is the Chief of Staff for Data and Justice Policy with the Meadows Institute. In this role, he provides programmatic and organizational support to the Institute’s Data and Justice teams, and works closely with the Senior Executive Vice President of Policy to support the planning and implementation of key projects. He joined the Meadows Institute in December 2016 as the Manager of Veteran Programs and was promoted to Director of Veteran Initiatives in 2019, working with the Vice President of Adult and Veteran Policy to execute veteran-specific and institute-wide community assessment projects across Texas.
Prior to joining the Institute, Aaron served as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class (Fleet Marine Force) in the United States Navy and completed multiple deployments with both the Army and Marine Corps. After active duty, he continued public service, working for the Texas Veterans Commission and Texas Health and Human Services Commission on community-centric outreach and building local-level collaborations to support veterans and their families in accessing state and federal benefits. Aaron received his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in healthcare administration from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi and completed his undergraduate degree at Southwestern University (Georgetown).