Christian L. Smith is an Organizing Associate with Generation Progress’s Higher Ed, Not Debt campaign—a nationwide, multiyear effort to ensure that a quality higher education is affordable and accessible to all, without the burden of financial hardship.
Smith joins the campaign after serving Millennials and students in his home state of Texas within the advocacy and legislative worlds. He is an active member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), wherein he has held several elected leadership roles – most recently as the Deputy Director for Young Adults on the Texas LULAC State Board. He has also served as the policy fellow and advisor in the office of State Sen. Jose Menendez (D-TX), staffing him on the TX Senate Higher Education Committee. Smith performed both roles, eventually in concert with one another, to learn, organize, and affect policy in an out of the legislative process to improve the engagement of, and quality of life for, American Latinos and young people around the issues that most affect them and their families.
Smith graduated cum laude from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, with a Bachelor’s degree in Government and a minor Sociology. He enjoys the movies, art, and watching political satire to laugh at the end of long work days.