Megan Smith Biography, Age, Education, Married, Google Inc, and Net Worth

Megan Smith Biography

Megan Smith (born as Megan J. Smith ) is an American Bussiness Person. She was the 3rd Chief Technology Officer of the United States (U.S. CTO) and Assistant to the President, serving under President Barack Obama.

She was previously a vice president at Google, leading new business development at Google for nine years, was general manager of Google.org, a vice president at Google[x], and the former CEO of Planet Out.

She serves on the boards of MIT and Vital Voices was a member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Aid and co-founded the Malala Fund. On September 4, 2014, she was named as the third (and first female) U.S. CTO, succeeding Todd Park, and serving until January 2017.

Megan Smith Early Life And Education

Smith grew up in Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario, and spent many summers at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, where her mother, Joan Aspell Smith, was the director of the Chautauqua Children’s School.

Megan Smith
Megan Smith

Smith graduated from City Honors School in 1982. She went on to receive her S.B. in 1986 and an S.M. in 1988, both in mechanical engineering, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and completed her Master’s thesis work at the MIT Media Lab.

She was a member of the MIT student team that designed, built and raced a solar car 2000 miles across the Australian outback in the first cross-continental solar car race.

Megan Smith Google Inc

She joined Google Inc in June 2003, where she started off as director of new business development. During her time at Google, she led acquisitions of companies that became Google Earth and Google Maps.

She later took over as general manager of Google.org. She worked at Google for nine years before she was named a vice president of Google X in 2012.

Megan Smith Career

Following MIT, Smith worked at a variety of start-ups, including Apple in Tokyo and General Magic located in Mountain View, California, as product design lead on nascent smartphone technologies before she got involved with the launch of Planet Out in 1995.

She joined formally in 1996 as COO and from 1998 she was Planet Out’s Chief Executive Officer, where she presided over that company’s merger with Gay.com.

In 2003, she joined Google, where she rose to the vice president of business development, leading new business development and early-stage partnerships across Google’s global engineering and product teams.

She led many early acquisitions, including Keyhole (Google Earth), Where2Tech (Google Maps), and Picasa, and later also took over as general manager of Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org. Smith co-hosts Google’s Solve for X think tank. In 2012, she started Google’s “Women Techmakers” diversity initiative.

In 2014, she left Google to become the 3rd U.S. CTO. After leaving the White House in 2017, she helped launch the Tech Jobs Tour, which aims to promote diversity in the technological sector.

Smith serves on the board of MIT, as well as on the advisory boards for the MIT Media Lab, DRAPER, and Technology Review and serves on the board of Vital Voices.

She is also a member of the Award Selection Committee for the distinguished Carroll L. Wilson Award at MIT. Smith has contributed to a broad range of engineering projects, including a bicycle lock, space station construction program, and solar cookstoves. She is an active proponent of STEM education and innovation.

Her appeal for technologists to work in public service at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing inspires several Harvard University students to create the national non-profit organization Coding it Forwards which creates a data science and technology internship program for undergraduate and graduate students in United States federal agencies. As of March 2018, she is the CEO and Founder of shift7.

Megan Smith Recognition

  • World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2001, 2002
  • Listed by Out magazine in 2012 and 2013, as one of the 50 most powerful LGBT people in the United States
  • Reuters Digital Vision Program Fellow at Stanford, 2003-2004
  • Top 25 Women on the Web, 2000
  • Upside Magazine 100 Digital Elite, 1999 and 2000
  • Advertising Age i.20, 1999
  • GLAAD Interactive Media Award for Internet Leadership, 1999
  • Charging Buffalo Award, 2015

Megan Smith Age

She was born in October 1964, in Buffalo, New York, United States.

Megan Smith Husband

In 1999, Smith married Re/code journalist Kara Swisher. Their relationship lasted 15 years, and they had two children, but the couple is currently separated.

Megan Smith Height

Information about her height will be updated as soon as possible.

Megan Smith Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $5 million.