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SRP Leader Appointed to Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF®) Board


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PHOENIX, Ariz., May 6, 2024 – The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF®) is pleased to announce Grant Smedley, Director of Resource Planning, Acquisition, and Development at Salt River Project (SRP) will join the AEF Board of Directors

 
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Smedley oversees a team that is responsible for planning, acquiring, and developing the power generation resources needed to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable power to more than 1 million customers in the greater Phoenix area. He previously served in leadership roles in several functional areas within SRP including Water Resources, Power Delivery Engineering, Research & Development, and Environmental Policy. Prior to joining SRP, Grant began his career as an environmental consultant with Trinity Consultants. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  

 

Smedley lives in Phoenix with his wife Janine and their two sons. He is passionate about public education and he, his wife, and children all attended public schools.


Smedley will play an integral role in providing governance and advancing AEF’s work, which began in 1983 when the organization was founded by then Superintendent of Public Instruction, Carolyn Warner.


“Grant is a tremendous leader, and his unique expertise will continue to help AEF reach over half a million Arizona students and educators each year,” states AEF CEO, Kim Graham.


“Serving on the Arizona Educational Foundation Board is such an honor,” states Dr. Pam Roggeman, AEF Board President. “We’re thrilled to welcome Grant to the AEF Board.” 

Smedley’s appointment to the AEF Board is for a two-year term.


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About Arizona Educational Foundation, AEF®

The mission of AEF is to celebrate excellence and cultivate equity in Pre-K-12th grade Arizona public education. This is accomplished through a variety of programs for teachers, administrators, and students. Some programs shine a spotlight on excellence; others provide a stepping stone to help support schools and educators on the road to awesomeness. In addition to the Arizona Teacher of the Year® program, AEF also coordinates the Arizona State Spelling Bee, the A+ School of Excellence® Award, the Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona, teachSTEM, Our World, and Take Your Legislator to School. AEF was founded in 1983, by then State Superintendent of Public Education, Carolyn Warner, who felt a nonprofit needed to be established to champion public education and recognize the great work of public school educators. AEF annually reaches over 500,000 students, teachers and administrators throughout Arizona. For more information visit www.azedfoundation.org, or contact info@azedfoundation.org.


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­­Media Contact:

Terri Bradford, Chief Communications Officer, Arizona Educational Foundation

Mobile: 720-468-3996 | Email: terri@azedfoundation.org


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