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Phil Smith
Development Director

Phil Smith is the Development Director and the National Political Director for the nonpartisan Concord Coalition, a nonprofit public policy organization dedicated to fiscal responsibility within the federal budget while ensuring that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are secure for all generations. The group is led by former US Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH), Bob Kerrey (D-NE), and former Commerce Secretary Peter Peterson.

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 (D-GA) 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 2004, the Governor of Georgia appointed Mr. Smith to serve on the Board of Directors of the Children and Youth Coordinating Council, a state agency that administers grants and oversees numerous youth projects in conjunction with the state department of Juvenile Justice.

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. He is currently the President of the Atlanta Kiwanis Club.

Recent Publications

North Carolina Program Highlights U.S. Budget Challenges
May 24, 2017
Members and guests of the Charlotte Economics Club in North Carolina gathered for a luncheon on May 18 to hear a trio of fiscal policy experts discuss the massive budgetary challenges facing the nation. Robert Bixby, executive director of The Concord Coalition, moderated the timely discussion with Diane Lim, principal economist for the Conference Board, and G. William Hoagland, senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center.  Lim had experience working in the Clinton administration while Hoagland served on the staff of Senate Republicans.