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Cynthia Smith

Cynthia Smith

Director, Government Affairs & Advocacy

Cynthia Smith is an international affairs professional with 25 years of legal, public policy, and global development program leadership. Cynthia’s regional experience includes the Americas and Southeast Asia, where she has directed the implementation of various judicial reform, civil society strengthening and anti-human trafficking programs funded by USAID and USDOS, among other donors. Her specific issue expertise in the areas of regulatory and operational compliance, governance, access to justice, civil society strengthening, and network and coalition building. Cynthia has also practiced civil rights and employment law and is a member of the Maryland Bar. Cynthia is based in the DC Metro Area.

Published articles:

Humentum Advocacy Advisor: Final Update of 2021 (December, 2021)
Section 889: US Chinese telecoms clause causing chaos for NGOs (Devex, 2021)
Operationalizing USAID’s New Vision for Global Development (November 29, 2021)
What Implementing Partners Need to Know About The USAID Office of Inspector General (November 17, 2021)
SEAH Safeguarding: Operationalizing Preventative Measures (September 20, 2021)
Humentum US Advocacy: The State of Play (December 17, 2020)
Why We’re Called Upon To Be ‘Trust Keepers (Devex, 2019)