Jason A. Smith Named Director of Communications

Contact: Barb Sanford, communications & marketing manager, 608/263-1692 ext. 13

Jason A. Smith has joined the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters as Director of Communications.

“Jason’s proven electronic and print publishing skills will be invaluable in helping us connect people and ideas for a better Wisconsin,” says executive director Margaret Lewis. “In addition to making all Wisconsin Academy programs more accessible to the public, Jason will edit Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine, our e-newsletter and website.”

Before joining the Wisconsin Academy, Smith was project manager for the Great Books Foundation in Chicago, a nonprofit organization dedicated to literacy and critical thinking, where he managed their post-secondary programs and quarterly magazine of books and ideas, The Common Review. He has a B.A. in English literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago. Smith grew up in north central Wisconsin and attended Weyauwega-Fremont High School.

The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, founded in 1870, connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all walks of life to advance thought and culture in our state. The Wisconsin Academy’s multi-disciplinary programs include an art gallery for Wisconsin artists; a quarterly magazine about Wisconsin thought and culture (Wisconsin People & Ideas); public forums such as the Academy Evenings series; and public policy projects such as the “Future of Farming and Rural Life in Wisconsin” that brought citizens together with farmers, universities, state and federal agencies, conservation organizations, agribusiness leaders, and other stakeholders to shed light on a sector that is at the heart of Wisconsin’s identity and economy. For more information please visit www.wisconsinacademy.org.