Russell Smith, LMSW

Russell Smith, LMSW


Russell Smith, LMSW 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 currently is on the board of the Austin Groups for the Elderly, the organization his grandmother started 24 years ago, and teaches a class at the graduate school of social work at the University of Texas on grant writing and fund development.

He and his wife live in north Austin with ten-year old twin daughters Abby and Alexis, and daughter Kaileigh (20) lives in Northwest Austin.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

I am the Executive Director of YouthLaunch,a local non-profit dedicated to engaging young people in service. I’m also on the Board of Austin Groups for the Elderly, an organization my grandmother, Bert Kruger Smith, founded 23 years ago.


  • 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

Phone:(512) 491-8327
Fax:(512) 471-9600

Mailing Address

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