• Ashley Smith Juarez

    District 3 - The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez - Chairman

    The Honorable Ashley Smith Juarez is an educator, a champion for students and a Jacksonville native devoted to her city. She understands that quality public education is essential to individuals and communities reaching their potential. Ms. Smith Juarez graduated with honors from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in secondary education and history. She serves as the Northeast Florida Regional Director for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), promoting cross-sector collaboration for a healthier community. 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 serving students in 13 Duval County schools. Throughout her career, Ms. Smith Juarez has partnered with parents, guidance counselors, teachers, principals, mentors and struggling students to bring about long-term success. She is a three-time recipient of the duPont Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, Ms. Smith Juarez currently serves as the Vice President of the Family Support Services Board of Directors, a trustee at The Emily Balz Smith Foundation, a member of The Women’s Giving Alliance Steering Committee and as a member of the WCJT Board of Trustees. She lives in the San Marco area with her husband Alex, a local business owner, and her dog Sam.