Headshot of Kay Fernandez Smith in black and white. She has short hair and wears a necklace.

Kay Fernandez Smith

Chair, Forward Together

Kay Fernandez Smith, a former Fulbright Hayes Scholar to the Philippines and a San Francisco Foundation Fellow, has worked with grassroots groups, public agencies, and philanthropic organizations to advance equitable development. She is Vice President of Policy & Innovation for The San Francisco Foundation. Prior to joining the SFF, Kay was Deputy Director at PolicyLink where she launched the Promise Neighborhoods Institute, a national intermediary focused on supporting antipoverty programs modeled on the academic and life success of low-income children. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Kay joined the Forward Together board in 2011.