Biography

Admiral Smith is a volunteer contributor to ACRE. Following  34 years of military service with extensive operational and strategic planning experience Admiral Smith is focused on business and federal government service with a passion to understand why things work and how progress and success are  achieved in complex organizations. A previous Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Associate, and former federal government Senior Executive (SES) with experience as a small business Chief Executive Officer before joining the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).  As the SBA Director of Disaster Planning and Risk Management responsible for overall SBA disaster planning and support to business disaster recovery, domestic resilience planning, and facilitating the coordination of all SBA agency resources with other government agencies and the private sector contributing to disaster resilience and recovery. The SBA Representative to the White House Domestic Resilience Group and a principal contributor to the initial National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) published in 2011.  SBA Representative to the Disaster Recovery Support Function (RSF) Coordinating Groups addressing the five areas of the NDRF; Economic Recovery, Health and Social Services, Housing, Infrastructure Systems, Natural and Cultural Resources. SBA Representative to the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Working Group. Admiral Smith has spent many years focused on Enterprise Risk, Domestic and Business Resilience, working with DHS, FEMA, Commerce / EDA, HHS, and various other federal agencies, state, and local organizations as well as NGO/PVO’s to best understand and support disaster resilience and disaster economic recovery.

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It is important to consider the relationships between National Security, Climate Change Adaptation, and many other focus areas that bear upon the Domestic Resilience of America. Good governance truly is leading and managing a complex “system of systems” that often overlap and can mutually support or disrupt one another. It is important for …

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