Marcie Smith is the Executive Director of the Responsible Endowments Coalition where she works with university students, alumni, administrators, and trustees to align endowment investments with the long-term, democratic mission of higher education. She has been organizing youth and students around climate justice, democratic economic development, and girls' and women's rights since 2006. During college, she started her campus’s first environmental organization, co-founded the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition (KSEC), and served on the Student Environmental Action Coalition’s national council. As a former co-chair of Youth for Sustainable Development (SustainUS) and an early organizer with YouNGO, she was deeply involved in international youth organizing around and within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 14, 15, and 16. She has also worked with Grand Aspirations, Energy Action Coalition, the Sustainable Economies Law Center, Carolina Common Enterprise, and the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity, and is the founder of the girls' empowerment organization Full Circles Foundation. She is originally from Kentucky, received her B.A. from Transylvania University, and J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
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