About Alys Smith

Alys Smith is a well-known mediator who has served in many Northern California courts and has privately mediated since 2012. She is the founder of Better2Mediate a mediation business that offers services to people seeking conflict resolution as opposed to litigation. Prior to her work in mediation, Alys had a successful career as a trial attorney.

Aside from her business, Alys also currently sits on the board of the New Opportunity School for Women in Kentucky, a nonprofit that empowers women to overcome past traumas and heal. They offer programs that allow women to build self-confidence and take steps toward education, employment and financial independence.

Alys’ kind heart and passion to create positive change led to her and her husband Brad D. Smith co-founding the Wing 2 Wing Foundation It is through their nonprofit work together that the husband and wife duo came to be involved with Ascend West Virginia. Through Wing 2 Wing, Alys and Brad are seeking to advance education, entrepreneurship and equal opportunities for all in overlooked zip codes, primarily in West Virginia and Ohio.

Alys has a B.S. from Ohio State University and a J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law. She is currently serving as Marshall University’s First Lady.