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Cynthia Smith

Cynthia Smith

Director, Government Affairs & Advocacy, US

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 is 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:

50,000 companies on hold because of GSA’s UEI validation problems (November, 2022)
Operationalizing Locally-Led Development: What We Learned (November, 2022)
How identity numbers have caused chaos for USAID overseas partners (October, 2022)
Understanding the 2022 USAID Risk Appetite Statement (October, 2022)
Growing frustrations puts GSA on hot seat to fix the transition to UEI (July 15, 2022)
Operationalizing Locally-Led Development: De-Bunking the Myths (March 2022)
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)