Kerianne (Keri) Smith is the Program Manager for One Colorado. With an extensive background in educational justice, youth empowerment, and community advocacy, Keri brings years of diverse experience and an in-depth understanding of the unique climates and needs of Colorado’s school communities. As Program Manager, Keri is responsible for the strategic implementation of One Colorado’s programs that work to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students.
Keri joined the team in August of 2017. Before serving as Program Manager for One Colorado, Keri worked as an independent nonprofit consultant, while also teaching Women’s and Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Public Policy Courses at the University of Colorado and Pikes Peak Community College. Keri has also served as Statewide Campaign Manager for the End the School-to-Jail Track Campaign at Padres & Jovenes Unidos working to end harsh, exclusionary practices and racial disparities in Colorado school discipline practices. From early 2013 to late 2014 she served as the Safe Schools Manager for One Colorado.
Keri grew up in Colorado Springs and moved to Denver in 2011. She is committed to affecting authentic social change through education and outreach and building inclusive, sustainable resources that inspire and engage youth, educators, and community stakeholders. Keri approaches her work with a deep-rooted commitment to social justice within the LGBTQ community to create more opportunities and initiate dialogue in search of authentic equity that is inclusive of race, gender identity, religion, ability, age, class, etc.
Keri holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology with a certificate in Diversity Studies and is completing her Master of Public Administration with certificates in Nonprofit Management and Fund Development. When Keri is not working, she likes to travel with her wife, visit with her family, and cuddle with any of her numerous dogs and cats (no, really, there are a lot of them).