Meet the Honorees: Aaron Smith

Aaron is a native of Yonkers, New York, an honors graduate of Swarthmore College (’04), and a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (’10). After college, Aaron interned in the office of Congressman Chris Van Hollen and then worked for Emmaus Services for the Aging, a non-profit working to keep seniors in their homes in DC. He went back to Yonkers in 2006 to be the campaign manager for his mother, Shelley Mayer, in her NY State Assembly race. He went on to become the chief legislative aide for the Yonkers City Council President. While serving the city, Aaron helped to author a local living wage law and an affordable housing ordinance, and to create the first Yonkers Green Policy Task Force to promote environmentally friendly policies for the city.

Aaron has appeared in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, MSNBC, CNN, Politico, and PBS NewsHour, among other media outlets, discussing a variety of issues impacting young Americans. In December 2010, he testified before the Senate Commerce Committee on the problems with “mini-med” plans and how they fail to provide affordable health care for young workers. Aaron was selected as a young Jewish leader as part of the Jeremiah Fellowship in 2011, and was a Politic365 Game Changer in 2012. Aaron believes strongly in the power of young Americans to change the world.

Aaron will be honored at MYD’s Young Gets It Done awards on Wednesday, August 22nd.  You can buy your tickets HERE.