Alys Smith

First Lady of Marshall University, Co-Founder, Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Founder, Women Warriors Summit and Attorney

As co-founder of the Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Alys has helped lead positive change in West Virginia through the Wing 2 Wing Foundation, Ascend WV and the Brad and Alys Smith Outdoor Economic Development Collaborative (OEDC). Alys supports and facilitates many philanthropic activities that increase access to education, open entrepreneurial doors and preserve and promote the natural environment of Appalachia. Additionally, Alys is passionate about her role and platform as the First Lady of Marshall University supporting women’s equality and empowerment. Her goal is to empower women in Appalachia and beyond to realize their full potential on whatever path they may choose. With this goal in mind, she founded the Women Warriors Summit in 2023 in Huntington, West Virginia,an event which taught women how to have courageous conversations on the difficult topics they face at home or at work. Alys will continue hosting this event each year on a variety of topics that will help women become the best versions of themselves.

As a certified mediator and licensed attorney, Alys Smith seeks justice for all, regardless of social or economic status. Since 2005, she has worked with several non-profits focused on education and adolescent counseling, served as a mentor and as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for young women. She also serves on the boards of the New Opportunity School for Women in Berea, Kentucky, the West Virginia First Foundation, the Education Alliance and Clay Center in Charleston, West Virginia. Alys is also a member of the Literacy Council and is the co-chair of the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute Philanthropy Leadership Council.

As an attorney, Alys spent her career working for the Ohio Attorney General, several law firms in Ohio, Connecticut, and New Jersey, and she was recently admitted to the West Virginia Bar. She currently serves as a Guardian Ad Litem representing the best interests of children in abuse and neglect cases across West Virginia. Alys received her B.S. from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law.

Alys is also a dedicated mother of two adult children, Devon and Payton.