Russell Smith, LMSW

Russell Smith, LMSW

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Russell A. Smith, LMSW, joined Austin Child Guidance Center in November 2010 as Executive Director. Prior to this, he was Executive Director of YouthLaunch. During his tenure at YouthLaunch, he helped launched the Urban Roots program.

Russell is a non-profit leader with over twenty years of experience running non-profit and governmental organizations in Houston and Austin, including five and a half years running a Head Start program in Houston that served over 1,100 children and their families. He has worked across the age spectrum, from early childhood to school reform to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Russell holds a Master’s degree in Business from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston. He inherited his passion for working in the public sector from his grandmother, Bert Kruger Smith, an Austin icon who was active in philanthropy for over fifty years.

Russell has held many volunteer positions, from Runaway Hotline Volunteer to Management Consultant for the United Way to Chair of the Austin Local Advisory Board for First Book. He served on the board of the Austin Groups for the Elderly, the organization his grandmother started 25 years ago, and teaches a class at the graduate school of social work at the University of Texas on grant writing and fund development. In 2015, Russell joined the Austin ISD School Health Advisory Council, and was recently appointed chair of the Social, Emotional and Behavioral Health Committee. Russell and two Executive Director Colleagues teach a series of non-profit leadership classes at the school of social work, LBJ school, and in the community.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


  • M.S.W., University of Houston
  • M.B.A., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.B.A., University of Texas at Austin

Teaching History


Social Work Building


Mailing Address

The University of Texas
School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358