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Foraker Smith was born in Monroe, Louisiana and raised in South Central Los Angeles. He was involved in the Education, Civil Rights, state politics and public consulting. Foraker graduated from L.A. Harbor Community College and went on to earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from California State University Los Angeles. A PhD in Urban and Regional Planning and receipt of the coveted Dean’s Award for Excellence followed at the University of California, Los Angeles. He was the university’s first African-American graduate and recipient of its coveted Dean’s Award for Excellence. Foraker was also California State Capitol’s first African-American to hold the position of Chief Administrative Analyst in the Senate Democratic Caucus. Dr. Smith spent 38 years in university teaching at Pepperdine, USC, UC Riverside and Calif. State University Dominguez Hills. He retired from the latter university in 2010 to enjoy his wife and children in Cypress, CA.