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Phil Smith
National Field Director

Phil Smith is the National Field Director for The Concord Coalition. Founded in 1992, the coalition's nonpartisan mission is to encourage fiscal responsibility and help educate the public about the federal budget and the need to protect our children and future generations from excessive government debt.  It was founded by former US Senators Paul Tongas (D-MA) and Warren Rudman (R-NH).

With more than two decades of experience at The Concord Coalition, Phil has helped conduct countless seminars, congressional and presidential town hall meetings, and public policy initiatives. He has traveled to all 50 states and often delivers speeches to a range of political and civic organizations, colleges, universities, and financial planning groups. He works extensively with the media including appearances on most major television and radio networks such as CNN, FOX, PBS, NPR, CNBC, C-span, the BBC and CTV (Canadian Television).

In addition to his career at the Concord Coalition, Phil served as the Chief Operating Officer for two state government agencies in Georgia: The Department  of Community Affairs and the Technical College System of Georgia. He also served on the Washington staff of the late US Representative Doug Barnard, and the state capitol staff of several state representatives and senators in Atlanta. 

Phil received gubernatorial appointments to the boards of directors of the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Children and Youth Coordinating Council.  He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Atlanta where he currently serves as an officer on the board of trustees.  He is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Georgia where he also served on their board of trustees. 

In 2005, Phil was chosen as one of the top "40 Under 40" by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. He is the Past President of the downtown Atlanta Kiwanis Club, one of the oldest and largest civic clubs in the country.

Phil was raised primarily in Athens, Georgia, home of the University of Georgia where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science.  He 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.

Recent Publications

Athens Hosts Bipartisan Budget Exercise
January 17, 2020
Over the years, The Concord Coalition has teamed up with members of Congress from across the ideological spectrum and across the nation to facilitate the popular federal budget exercise we call “Principles & Priorities.” The exercise is a nonpartisan, policy-based initiative designed to educate citizens and our representatives in Washington about the country’s budget and the need for long term sustainability. 
Budget Exercise Helps People Understand U.S. Fiscal Challenges
April 02, 2019
Principles and Priorities, an interactive group exercise developed by The Concord Coalition, continues to help people around the country understand the difficult choices that must be made to put the federal budget on a more responsible path.
The Concord Coalition's Updated Budget Exercises (With Local News Video!)
March 05, 2019
Some of The Concord Coalition’s most important tools for educating the public about the federal budget and the nation’s fiscal challenge are our budget exercises. We are pleased to announce that “Principles and Priorities,” “Debt Busters” and the online “Federal Budget Challenge” have all been updated to reflect the most recent projections and cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.