Ashley Smith Juarez
The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez is an educator, a champion for students and a Jacksonville nativedevoted to her city. She knows that quality public education is essential to individuals and communities reaching their potential. Ms. Smith Juarez graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University. In addition to her duties on the School Board, she serves as National Director at the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), promoting cross-sector collaborations for healthier communities. Prior to CHMI she served as the Executive Director of the Chartrand Foundation a family foundation committed to excellence in Early Childhood through grade 12 public education. She has served as a teacher and coach in public and independent schools and has worked in dropout prevention. Throughout her career, Ms. Smith Juarez has partnered with parents, school counselors, teachers, principals, mentors and students to bring about long-term success. She is a three-time recipient of the duPont Excellence in Teaching Award. Ms. Smith Juarez was named the Children's Home Society Buckner Division Public Official of the year in 2014 and was named the Elected Official of the year in 2015 for The Ripple Effect: Northeast Florida Mental Health Awards. In addition, Ms. Smith Juarez is a past Chairman of the Family Support Services Board of Directors. Currently she serves a trustee at The Emily Balz Smith Foundation, and as a member of the Florida Philanthropic Network Board. She lives in the San Marco area with her husband Alex, a local business owner, and her dog Sam.