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Extension Foundation Welcomes Comptroller to Team


The Extension Foundation welcomes Arielle Y. Smith, CPA, as its new Comptroller. Smith is a certified public accountant with a Masters of Business Administration with Accounting emphasis and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX. Prior to joining the Extension Foundation, Smith served as an Accounting Manager at Easter Seals of Greater Houston, United Way of Greater Houston, and as a Senior Auditor for Harper & Pearson Company.

The Extension Foundation publicly advertised for this position beginning on November 18th, 2022.

According to Beverly Coberly, Chief Executive Officer (Interim), “as the Extension Foundation continues to grow as an organization, it has sought ways of improving its financial infrastructure and streamlining our ability to manage awards that benefit the entire Cooperative Extension system. The addition of Arielle in this leadership role does exactly that and aligns with our vision to strengthen all areas of our organization to best meet the needs for our partners in the Cooperative Extension system for today and the future.”

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About the Extension Foundation

The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

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