Education Trust Louisiana Director Erika McConduit is leaving the organization to take a job in April with Centene Corp. as its vice president of diversity and inclusion in St. Louis.

Keisha Smith, who serves as policy and external relations manager, has been named Education Trust’s state director. Smith, who holds a Ph.D., has nearly 15 years of experience in  various educational settings, advocating children’s access to a quality education. She previously was with the Urban League of Greater New Orleans and had served as public engagement director at the Center for Development and Learning. She also has held the positions of adjunct professor at LSU, Drexel University and Xavier University.

Before joining Ed Trust, McConduit served as the president and chief executive officer of the Urban

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