Phil Smith is the National Political Director and the National Development Director for the Concord Coalition, a nonpartisan organization that encourages fiscal responsibility in Washington and helps educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt. The group is led by former US Senators John Danforth (R-MO), and Bob Kerrey (D-NE).
Mr. Smith has worked on behalf of the Concord Coalition for almost two decades, helping to conduct seminars, congressional and presidential town hall meetings, as well as various other public policy initiatives. During this time he has traveled to all 50 states.
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, FOX, PBS, NPR, CNBC, C-span, the BBC and CTV (Canadian Television).
In addition to his career at the Concord Coalition, Mr. Smith has served as COO of two state government agencies in Georgia. He served on the Washington staff of former US Representative Doug Barnard, and the state 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. 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. In early 2016 the current Governor reappointed him to a subsequent term.
Mr. Smith was chosen as one of the top "40 Under 40" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and Leadership Georgia where he recently completed a 3-year term on their board of trustees. He is the Past President of the downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club, one of the oldest and largest civic clubs in the country.