Ron Fairchild is the founder of the Smarter Learning Group. Prior to starting the firm, Ron served as CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. The Association's work built on over 15 years of experience and success as the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University, where Fairchild was executive director from 2002 through 2009. Under his leadership, the organization grew from a local program to a national intermediary organization that works with a 50-state network of more than 5,000 summer learning program providers that collectively serve more than 2 million young people annually.

He is widely recognized as a national authority on how to expand learning opportunities for young people. Fairchild has authored numerous publications and speaks regularly on topics related to public policy, research, and models of effective summer learning programs. His frequent appearances in the media include segments on NPR, CNN, C-SPAN, NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Early Show.

His background in education and youth development includes serving as director of education programs with the national office of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and as an education associate with the Public Education Network in Washington, DC. He is a former classroom teacher with experience teaching both middle and high school students. Fairchild earned a bachelor's degree in political science and history, as well as a master of education degree from Vanderbilt University.