Andrew Smith believes today’s unprecedented advances in technology, coupled with the growing fight against ageism, means it is a promising time to transform the aging experience. As Brookdale’s director of innovation and strategy, this millennial supports the organization’s strategic planning, partnership and innovative efforts. Long interested in how complex programs are designed and measured, he worked as a data analyst and strategist before joining Brookdale in 2009. Andrew serves on the executive board for Girls on the Run of Middle Tennessee and along with his wife Jessica, helped raise over $20,000 to rebuild a public school playground for special needs children. A youth wrestler who was a four-time Tennessee state championship finalist, Andrew received a master’s and bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University. He and Jessica reside in Nashville with their daughter Eloise.
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