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


All you need to know about child poverty in one simple chart

| September 16, 2021 |

On Tuesday, U.S. Census Bureau released their annual report on income, earnings, income inequality, and poverty in the United States, and, as usual, it


What’s next for the largest unvaxxed population (kids)?

| August 25, 2021 |

Like many of you, we have been watching in dismay as children’s health is politicized by adults. Just as kids begin to head back


Statement: SNAP increase will strengthen food security for 15.8 million children

| August 16, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s revision of the USDA’s Thrifty Food


WATCH: Rep. Barragán explains why we need to make CHIP permanent

| July 22, 2021 |

This week, Congressional leadership received a letter signed by over 500 local and national organizations (representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and


Statement: Court rightfully re-asserted that kids have 1st Amendment rights, too

| June 23, 2021 |

In response to the Supreme Court’s decision today in Mahanoy Area School District v. B.L., Bruce Lesley, President of First Focus on Children issued the


WATCH: “What If Kids Were In Charge?”

| April 28, 2021 |

As we approached the election last November, First Focus on Children and Highlights For Children sought out the most ignored constituency in our country


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