Anthony "Tony" Smith, Ph.D., was named Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District on May 22, 2009, when the seven-member Oakland Board of Education selected him by unanimous vote. An Oakland resident and parent of students in Oakland Public Schools, Smith is the District's first permanent, locally-appointed Superintendent since 2003.
A veteran of the Bay Area education reform movement and a champion for equity in schools, Smith's tenure in District officially began on July 1, 2009. Prior to joining the Oakland Unified School District District, Smith served as Deputy Superintendent for the 56,000-student San Francisco Unified School District from November 2007 through June 2009, earning lavish praise from San Francisco Superintendent Carlos Garcia and the broader community for his work in the areas of innovation, instruction and social justice. Smith's time in San Francisco followed his days as Superintendent of the Emery Unified School District (EUSD) in Emeryville, California. Smith accepted the top post in Emeryville schools when the Board of Education regained control following State Administration in 2004. Prior to leading Emery Unified, Smith was Director of the Emeryville Citywide Initiative, with particular responsibility for the Math, Science, Technology Initiative (MSTI), a joint project of EUSD, the City of Emeryville, the Emery Ed Fund and the Bay Area Coalition for Equitable Schools (BayCES). In this role, Smith fostered the development of a local, state and federal agenda promoting greater attention to parent, community and teacher voices as well as the creation and support of high-quality, equitable, small autonomous schools.