Phil Smith is the National Political Director and the Southern Regional Director for the nonpartisan Concord Coalition, a grassroots organization dedicated to educating the public about long-term federal budget issues and their consequences for the future. The group is led by former US Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH), and Sam Nunn (D-GA).
Mr. Smith has worked on behalf of the Concord Coalition since 1995, helping to conduct seminars, congressional and presidential town hall meetings, as well as various other public policy initiatives related to budgetary issues such as the "Fiscal Wake-Up Tour."
On Capitol Hill and across the nation, Mr. Smith often delivers speeches to a range of political and civic organizations, colleges, universities, and financial planning groups. He works extensively with the media having appeared on most major television and radio networks including CNN, CNNfn, PBS, NPR, CNBC, C-span, the BBC and CTV (Canadian Television).
Before working for the Concord Coalition, Mr. Smith served on the Washington staff of former US Representative Doug Barnard and the Georgia capitol staff of several state representatives and senators. He was primarily raised in Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science (UGA class of 1990). Mr. Smith also studied Mexican Politics and Spanish at the University of the Americas near Puebla, Mexico and was awarded a visiting fellowship to Ming Chaun University in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 2010, the Governor of Georgia appointed Mr. Smith to serve on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Humanities Council.
Mr. Smith was chosen as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2005 and is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Georgia and 2011 class of Leadership Atlanta. He is the Past President of the downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club.
Location: Atlanta, GA
Phone: (404) 584-0008