Gregory L. Smith is Vice President of American Global Strategies LLC. Smith previously served in The White House as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for Policy and Personnel from 2019-2021. He additionally served as one of the principal liaisons to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 2020, Smith was appointed by the President to serve as the United States Commissioner to the Upper Colorado River Commission.
Prior to The White House, Smith worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), America’s pro-Israel lobby. At AIPAC, Smith was a Regional Political Director, based in Los Angeles, California, where he cultivated political relationships with elected officials, candidates, and supporters across California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. He later worked in Washington, D.C., as Assistant Director of Policy and Government Affairs, managing AIPAC’s defense portfolio on Capitol Hill. Smith provided regular policy briefings on missile defense, counter-tunnel programs, and counter-UAS cooperation to over 60 Members of Congress.
Smith is a member of the 2022 Foundation for Defense of Democracies National Security Fellows Program, as well as member of the Utah Advisory Committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
Smith began his career in political advocacy while in Utah, where he built a coalition that successfully lobbied for the passage of legislation preventing Utah public pension funds from investing in foreign companies doing business in Iran’s petroleum sector. Smith received national recognition for these efforts, including the AIPAC Advocate of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2011, as well as the Duke Rudman Annual Leadership Award in 2012.
While in Utah, Smith was elected State Treasurer of the Utah College Republicans and Delegate to the 2012 Utah State Republican Nominating Convention.
Smith also served as then-Mayor Mia Love’s policy director during her first campaign for Congress in 2012, as well as the Director of the Utah Student Association, where he advocated for Utah college students at the Utah State Legislature in Salt Lake City.
Smith received a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University.