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Russell A. Smith, LMSW

Russell A. Smith, LMSW, joined Refugee Services of Texas in July 2018 as CEO. 

Russell is a non-profit leader with almost thirty years of experience running non-profit and governmental organizations in Houston and Austin, including five and a half years running a Head Start program in Houston that served over 1,100 children and their families. He has worked across the age spectrum, from early childhood to school reform to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Most recently, Russell was the Executive Director of Austin Child Guidance Center for almost eight years.

Russell holds both Bachelor's and Master’s degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. He inherited his passion for working in the public sector from his grandmother, Bert Kruger Smith, an Austin icon who was active in philanthropy for over fifty years.

Russell has held many volunteer positions, including two terms on the board of the Austin Groups for the Elderly, the organization his grandmother started 35 years ago, and teaches classes at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at the University of Texas on grant writing / fund development and on financial management for non-profits. With two colleagues, he developed and teaches continuing education classes on a variety of non-profit leadership topics.

rsmith@rstx.org 

  • Bivens Foundation
  • St. Davids Foundation
    St. Davids Foundation
  • Child Welfare Fund
    Child Welfare Fund
  • State Employee Charitable Campaign

  • UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
    UT Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
  • Hope Supply Co.
    Hope Supply Co.
  • Pro Literacy
    Pro Literacy
  • BCBSTX
    BCBSTX
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthy Kids Healthy Families
    Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthy Kids Healthy Families
  • United Way of Cameron County
    United Way of Cameron County
  • United Way Dallas
    United Way Dallas
  • Tableau
    Tableau
  • Amarillo Area Foundation
    Amarillo Area Foundation
  • All Together ATX
    All Together ATX
  • City of Austin- Office of Equity
    City of Austin- Office of Equity
  • One Star Foundation
    One Star Foundation
  • City of Dallas
    City of Dallas
  • Shapiro Foundation
    Shapiro Foundation
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