David B. Smith

Senior Advisor

David B. Smith recently stepped down after five years of service as the Executive Director of the Congressionally chartered National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). During his tenure, he helped craft the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, expand America’s Civic Health Index to include over 25 state and local reports, create the Civic Data Challenge, launch The Civic 50 with Bloomberg Businessweek, and publish reports on civic education, service learning, and proving the correlation between civic engagement and unemployment rates.

Prior to joining NCoC, David founded and directed Mobilize.org, a national organization that works with over 200,000 young adults to improve democracy by investing in Millennial led solutions.

David has been honored with awards including the Independent Sector’s “American Express NGEN Fellowship”, YouthVote Coalition’s “30 under 30” and the International Youth Foundation’s “YouthActionNet Fellowship” for social entrepreneurship. He has been featured in many magazines, blogs, and newspapers, including the
New York Times, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Huffington Post, NPR’s Marketplace, and Cspan.

David now serves as Senior Advisor to NCoC, Impact Strategist for Causes.com, and Senior Fellow of Davenport Institute at Pepperdine University. He also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board for The Corps Network and on the Advisory Board of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project, the Concord Coalition, Reimagining Service Council, Mobilize.org, and on the Steering Committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools.

David graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Political Science. While at Cal, he taught a class on National Youth Policy and researched the causes and possible solutions to the “Youth Civic Engagement Crisis in America.”