About Our Guest

Doug Smith is a non-profit executive with extensive experience in civic engagement and program growth and currently serves at the Vice President of The Montpelier Foundation overseeing its Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution working to build constitutional democracy here and abroad. He is the former CEO & President of a public interest public policy group where he led an eight-year effort to create one of the most well known state-based policy centers in the country, which included government relations, micro-enterprise development, and the incubation of several new organizations. Doug was formerly on staff with an international relief organization in Geneva, Switzerland and has served as Senior Web Strategist for a dot com. He is a graduate of James Madison University (B.S.), Lexington Theological Seminary (M.Div.), and in 2005 was named a Fellow of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Heifer International and received such awards as the “Top 40 under 40” in Central Virginia, the Richmond History Makers Award, and was named a “World Changer” by his alma mater. He serves on the board of James Madison University’s School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Mary Washington University’s Center for Honor, Leadership, & Service. He and his family live in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Program Transcript

Jan Paynter: Hello. Iím Jan Paynter and I would like to welcome you once again to our program Politics Matters. Today we are welcoming back Douglas Smith, Vice President of the Montpelier Foundation to discuss the work which he oversees at the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution. Welcome back with us, Doug.

C. Douglas Smith: Thanks so much, Jan. Thanks for having me.

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