Assistant Vice President
Cynthia Brock-Smith is Assistant Vice President for External Affairs at Howard University in Washington, District of Columbia. Her portfolio includes government and community relations, and she provides strategic advice for the University’s advocacy mission with the federal and local governments, community relations and partnerships. Her career includes serving as Secretary to the District of Columbia Council, Secretary of State for the District of Columbia, Senior Vice President for the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Director of Congressional Relations for the U. S. Office of Personnel Management, Assistant Legislative Director of the House Committee on Rules, and House Appropriations Associate staff. As Secretary of the District of Columbia, she served as Chief Protocol Officer and liaison to the diplomatic community. Her international engagement includes congressional delegations and fact-finding missions to Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean. She has a wealth of experience in public policy development and legislative strategy.
Ms. Brock-Smith served as Senior Vice President for the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce where she developed and coordinated legislative strategy, public information and outreach for the local business community. During the Administration of President William Clinton, she coordinated a comprehensive lobbying effort that culminated in the passage of a long-term care insurance program for Federal employees, the military and their families. Ms. Brock-Smith served as Director of Intergovernmental Relations for a District of Columbia Mayor and as Deputy Director of the Democratic National Convention Committee on Rules for two consecutive conventions. Her expertise in legislative strategy was acquired during stints on the staff of the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations and the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules. She has served on several local advisory committees focused on showcasing the history of African Americans in the District of Columbia, and on boards of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA), and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. She is a native Washingtonian whose career has been dedicated to public service, and serving as mentor to various aspiring public managers.