Mark E. Smith
Senior Director of Government Relations, Virginia Commonwealth
University. Currently responsible for planning and executing the overall program
of Government Relations with elected and appointed officials on the federal,
state, and local levels for the University and VCU Health System. 2004-present.
Assistant Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Virginia.
Worked with the
Secretary of Education on legislative, budget and policies matters associated
with the Department of Education, local school divisions, 15 state-supported colleges and universities, 23 community colleges,
the Library of Virginia and state-supported museums. 2002-2004.
Executive Director for State, Local and Community Relations, Virginia
Commonwealth University. Responsibilities include developing and implementing a
strategic governmental and community relations program at the local and state
levels. Serves as liaison between university and the Governor’s Office, the
General Assembly, agencies of the Commonwealth, local boards of supervisors and
the Richmond City Council. 1996-2002.
Governmental Relations Assistant, Virginia Commonwealth University.
Served at VCU as governmental relations assistant with responsibilities to plan and
execute a comprehensive governmental relations program at the local and state
Manager, Licensing and Certification Division, Department of Motor Vehicles.
Established, administered and enforced the provisions of the Commercial Driver
Training School Program. Developed legislative, budgetary and regulatory tools
necessary to regulate the licensees and ensure consumer protection. 1990-92.
Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety.
Responsibilities included working with the secretary and the two deputy
secretaries to oversee 14 agencies within the secretariat. Coordinated
legislative proposals, monitored legislation and assisted agencies with budget
Division Administrative Manager, Office of the Attorney General, Criminal Law
Enforcement Division. Coordinated the adoption of the Governor/Attorney General
anti-crime legislative proposals. Provided information and assistance to judges,
commonwealth’s attorneys, sheriffs and citizens. 1982-86.
Committee Clerk. Served on the Senate Clerk’s staff
(Senate General Laws and Senate Agriculture) and the House Clerk’s
staff (House Appropriations) during the 1981 and 1982
sessions of the General Assembly.
Chairman for the Virginia Board of Conservation
and Recreation (August 2008-present). Appointed by the Governor to the Board in July 2006.
Member of the YMCA Model General Assembly Advisory Committee
Member of the Virginia YMCA Board of Directors
Member of the Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation, Inc
Chairman of the National Affiliate Relations Committee (2002-2005). Past President of the
Board of Directors for the National Kidney Foundation of the Virginias
(1998-1999); Vice President (1997-1998). Recipient of the volunteer
Service Award (1999) and Distinguished Service Award (2005).
Member, Advisory Committee for the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (1997-present). Currently serve as a member of the Review Committee for the Virginia State Employee Fund (Fund established in 2008). Prior CVC service as an ambassador.
Past member of the Richmond Jaycees. Previously served as local and state
officer. Received numerous civic service awards, including the Keyman Award of
the Richmond Jaycees, a Life Membership in the Virginia Jaycees and induction
into the Jaycee International Senate.
Graduated with honors in 1980 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a
major in Administration of Justice and Public Safety and a minor in Political
Science. Earned a Master of Science in Public Administration from VCU in 1994.
Inducted as a Charter member into the National Criminal Justice Honor
Society, Alpha Phi Sigma (1979). Former member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, American
Criminal Justice Association (1979-80). Induction into Pi Alpha Alpha, National
Honor Society for Public Affairs and Public Administration (1994); and into the
National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi for scholastic achievement (1994).
Completed the Virginia Executive Institute in 1998, the Federal Executive
Institute’s Work Team Development Program in 1989 and the Commonwealth
Management Institute in 1987.