Gage Smith is a statewide Program Assistant for Ohio State University Extension – Community Development and 4-H Youth Development. In this capacity, he works collaboratively with Extension educators and field specialists in areas of economic development, leadership development, organizational capacity building, community planning, and youth development.
He is a graduate student of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership studying international development. In his college career he has collaborated with international youth programs to develop and implement programs and tools to foster community engagement and resilience.
Gage has a passion for inclusive community engagement and actively works to engage diverse rural communities, specifically those who identify as LGBTQIA+.