WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MWW (www.mww.com), one of the top five independent public relations firms, announced today that Douglas A. Smith has joined the firm as executive vice president and general manager of its Washington, D.C. office. As former Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Smith brings over two decades of experience in business development, communications, coalition building, public policy, and creating and managing public-private partnerships among Federal, State and local governments, and private industry.
"Douglas is an exceptional new leader to our Washington, D.C. office. Our staff and clients will benefit from his extensive experience as a senior advisor at the highest levels of both government and industry," said Michael W. Kempner, president and CEO of MWW. "His perspective from top leadership positions in both government and the private sector will bring a valuable perspective for our clients."
Added Kempner, "Douglas's leadership marks an exciting new chapter for our D.C. office, as we work to further grow our public affairs and government relations practice both on Capitol Hill and across the nation."
"Having spent the last four years working on pressing issues across the globe affecting transportation, travel and tourism, cyber and global trade, I am thrilled to join the MWW team and bring my experiences to bear on behalf of our clients," said Douglas.
In addition to reporting directly to the Secretary, Smith served as the Department's representative on the President's Travel and Tourism Advisory and Export Promotion Boards, the White House Business Council, the President's Job Council and the World Economic Forum Risk Officers Community. Under his leadership, the office dramatically expanded its global footprint.
Prior to his appointment at DHS, Smith was the Managing Partner of T Street Partners, where he provided clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations with strategic counsel and public affairs consulting. During his tenure at T Street, Smith successfully managed the winning campaign for the City of Chicago to be the U.S. Designate City for the 2016 Olympics.
Smith has also held senior-level positions at Leo Burnett Worldwide and Burson Marsteller. He served in a variety of positions during the Clinton-Gore Administration, including Deputy Press Secretary as well as Director of Special Projects for Secretary Andrew Cuomo at the Department of Housing and Urban Development and then as the traveling Press Secretary for Secretary Rodney Slater at the Department of Transportation.
Smith is a graduate of Beloit College where he received a bachelor's degree in international relations and Asian studies. While at Beloit, he also earned a degree from the School for International Training in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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