2021 Ed Award Recipient


Ryan Smith

The Ed award honors an individual or organization in the community whose leadership, acts and support have raised the level of excellence in the Newburyport Public Schools.

Ryan is widely recognized for volunteering his time to raise the level of excellence not only in the Newburyport Public Schools, but also the level of excellence in Newburyport. Ryan has been an integral part of the NEF’s success, working as he typically does behind the scenes while giving others credit, in many different capacities. For years Ryan has managed the NEF’s quasi endowment pro bono. He and his company, LPL Financial, have been major sponsors of the NEF Golf Open and he has attended countless NEF events. Ryan is a member of the Rotary Club of Newburyport and has been crucial in matching our organization with funding to support our Preventing Summer Reading Loss Program, a program that subsidizes books for our most at-risk students. He has been a youth soccer coach for many years, mentoring hundreds of boys in town far beyond the soccer field. Ryan is also the community liaison for the Interact Club, a volunteer organization at the high school that annually volunteers at the auction and is critical to its success.