Tim Smith Vice President, Digital Strategy

Tim Smith serves as Vice President, Digital Strategy for First Focus and brings over a decade of experience engaging audiences in the work of cause-based, non-profit organizations.

Before joining First Focus, he led digital campaigns at Leadership for Educational Equity where he helped build outreach strategies that recruited thousands of educators to take on policy, organizing, or elected leadership roles with a shared goal to end educational inequity. Prior to that, Tim spearheaded advocacy initiatives and engaged high-profile media personalities to raise awareness about opportunities for young people to lead and serve their communities at ServiceNation. Additionally, he served as an online organizer for Slow Food USA and a data analyst at Upworthy after stints in television production and public radio.

He has a deep commitment and passion for youth leadership and currently serves on the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship Advisory Board. He is a graduate of Fordham University and a proud native of Boston, MA.

Resources by Tim Smith


Here’s how Congress can stop the spread of child poverty

| November 12, 2020 |

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of maps. Maps on my TV. Maps on my Twitter feed. Maps in my blogs (yeah,


One clear election day result: voters want Champions for Children

| November 5, 2020 |

It’s been two days since Election Day 2020 and the results are still unclear for many races throughout the country — most notably, for


Don’t put kids on mute this election

| October 22, 2020 |

Tonight, there will be a new rule for the final presidential debate — the candidates will be muted when the other is speaking. This


Judge Barrett wouldn’t say if it was wrong to separate children — we will

| October 15, 2020 |

This week, the nomination hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett have been noteworthy only perhaps for how un-noteworthy they’ve been — with Judge Barrett


Moral or political: Why not both?

| August 27, 2020 |

Tonight, we conclude two straight weeks of conventions. I know, it’s been a lot. When we asked, overwhelmingly, you told us that you wanted


Rep. Barbara Lee & Ezra Klein ask “What would it take to end child poverty in America?”

| August 26, 2020 |

On a recent episode of The Ezra Klein Show, the host had a very specific question for Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) — how do


A few ideas that Joe Biden should just take from Kamala Harris

| August 19, 2020 |

Back in 2019 when she was a presidential candidate, Kamala Harris rolled out her Children’s Agenda — a comprehensive set of policies aimed at


Michelle Obama asks us to see the election through the eyes of a child

| August 18, 2020 |

When Michelle Obama closed out the first night of the first virtual national convention last night, her fiery speech centered on the idea of


Thinking of donating your stimulus check? Here are some ways to help children & families in need

| April 16, 2020 |

This week, a good portion of Americans will start to the $1,200 coronavirus relief check show up in their bank accounts. For many, this


What does the President’s budget say about how we value children?

| February 11, 2020 |

Yesterday, President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal that would impose massive cuts to critical programs that children and families rely on every