Mark Smith joined George Mason University as Executive Director of State Government Relations in August of 2013 after having spent nearly two decades leading government relations efforts at Virginia Commonwealth University. In addition to his experience in academia, Mr. Smith completed an additional decade of service to the Commonwealth, including having served as Assistant Secretary of Education, Executive Assistant for the Secretary of Transportation and Public Safety, Division Administrative Manager in the Attorney General’s Office, and as a staffer for both the Virginia House and Senate Clerk’s Offices which are responsible for the daily operations of the General Assembly.
Mr. Smith is active in the community as well, serving as a member of the advisory committee for the YMCA Model General Assembly, the Virginia YMCA Board of Directors, the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign, and as a member of the Review Committee for the Virginia State Employee Emergency Fund. Past service on the Virginia Board of Conservation and Recreation, the National Kidney Foundation and its Virginia affiliate resulted in several awards for distinguished leadership. He was also recognized for leadership and involvement in the Richmond Jaycees.
At Mason, Mr. Smith serves as chief liaison between the University and entities of the Commonwealth, including elected and appointed officials in the executive and legislative branches as well as numerous state agencies that interface with a variety of University offices. In concert with the University’s leadership team, he facilitates the establishment of the University’s legislative priorities and plans and executes strategies to advance Mason’s agenda year-round in Richmond.
Mr. Smith graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Administration of Justice and Public Safety and a minor in Political Science. He later earned a Master of Science in Public Administration, also from VCU.