Myriah Smith

Philanthropy embodies the ideas of connection and community, of people wanting to give back into the world, whether it is through local projects or working to improve the human community as a whole. The team at Koret cares deeply about what the Foundation’s resources can accomplish.

Myriah Smith

Program Assistant

Myriah joined the Koret Foundation as a program assistant in the summer of 2017. She supports the program officers by coordinating monthly grant-related activities, with a focus on Bay Area community grants.

Prior to joining Koret, Myriah spent five months in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, volunteering as a grants and research assistant at the Youth Council of Cambodia, a local NGO. The organization works to educate and engage young people about politics and voting rights.

Myriah earned her bachelor’s degree in international relations from UC Davis. Her main focus was cross-cultural and governmental analysis, including studying what happens when cultures come together. She was a member of the Prytanean Women’s Honor Society, a service-based group on campus. For Myriah’s student internship, she worked in Edinburgh at the Scottish Parliament for two members of the Labour Party, researching topics from train transportation to advocacy for women’s rights, and communicating with constituents.

Born and raised in Santa Rosa, Myriah loves to run. She ran cross-country and track in high school, and now enjoys running through Golden Gate Park and around the city. A history buff and a reader, Myriah is drawn to stories set in WWI and WWII. She maintained a travel blog while in Europe and Cambodia.