Adam Smith currently works as an Associate Vice President in the Engagement Department at the Combined Jewish Philanthropies. He is an innovative thought-leader in Jewish teen engagement, having served as the founding Director of the Jewish Teen Initiative of Boston (a Jim Joseph Foundation pilot). Adam led the initiative through its start-up phase while establishing a replicable model for use in other cities and launched a national Peer Leaders Fellowship program, which is currently being adapted around the country. Adam has spent the last 18 years working with thousands of teens and young adults, seeking out new and different ways to meet them where they are, connecting them to Jewish tradition, the community and each other. He earned a BA degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and later continued studying Jewish educational theory at both Hebrew College and Brandeis University. Adam and his wife, Rabbi Jodi Seewald Smith, of The Rashi School, currently live in Needham with their son, daughter and dog, Tova. In his free time, Adam enjoys playing volleyball, tennis and rock climbing with his family.