AMBASSADOR Dana Shell Smith

Ambassador Dana Shell Smith is an expert in the fields of foreign affairs, crisis communications, and commercial diplomacy. Ambassador Smith currently serves as a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Georgetown University and the CEO of Decibel Strategy, an international strategy firm she founded to advance business and professional ties between the United States and the Middle East. Before founding Decibel Strategy, Ambassador Smith spent 25 years as a diplomat, working throughout the Middle East and in Asia. She served as the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar from 2014 to 2017. As Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs from 2011 to 2014, Ambassador Smith managed State Department strategic communications for Secretaries Clinton and Kerry. Prior to 2011, she served as a spokesperson and public affairs officer in Dubai, Taipei, Amman, Gaza, Tel Aviv and Cairo. A proven leader, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the boards of Hostage US and LA2028, among other pursuits. Ambassador Smith has a degree in Political Science, Middle East Studies and Women’s Studies from the University of California, San Diego and an honorary doctorate from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Follow Ambassador Smith on Twitter @AmbDana

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