ALPF is honored to have Kerry O’Brien Smith as a Senior Fellow and National Director of ALPF’s Children Protected from Radicalization (CPR) campaign. As a researcher, Ms. Smith brings a wealth of education and experience in family advocacy, law, and social research.
With 20 years of public relations, budgeting, fundraising, marketing, and research experience, Ms. Smith is enthusiastic about ALPF’s examination of the impact federal and state policies that affect the American family have on national security. In addition, she will help examine issues relating to efforts by international terrorists to take advantage of at risk demographics.
Ms. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree with majors in English literature, secondary education, and business administration from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA and a master’s degree with specialization in strategic public relations from the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Ms. Smith is also currently working toward a Ph.D. in health and human services with specializations in nonprofit management and public service leadership from Capella University in Minneapolis, MN.
In addition to her extensive education, Ms. Smith started her own nonprofit in Virginia called Virginia is for Children, an organization dedicated to the safety and protection of Virginia children involved in family law cases, particularly those involving domestic violence and child sexual abuse. Ms. Smith advocates for policies that affect children in Virginia to the Virginia General Assembly, a 140-member legislative body, including the House of Delegates and Senate, and collaborates with like-minded organizations in Virginia, such as the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, the YWCA, and the Carrico Pro Bono Law Center at the University of Richmond, providing services to family law and children’s defense law cases.
Ms. Smith also has experience in various industries, including the nonprofit sector. She has worked for the Alzheimer’s Association, Instructive Visiting Nurse Association, Grindstone Research, the U.S. Department of Energy, University of Richmond, Averett University, LADO International University, and the National Media, Research, Planning and Placement Group, among others.
Ms. Smith spent eight months living and teaching English in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has visited the countries of Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Israel. She sits on two executive boards for two nonprofit organizations, the O.B. Gates Elementary School PTA as Vice-President of Fundraising, and the Treasurer of the Graduate School of Political Management’s Alumni Association at George Washington University.