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David B. Smith to Step Down as ED of NCoC

Board Forms Search Committee to Find New Leader

April 13, 2012
Washington, DC, April 13 -- The National Conference on Citizenship today announced that David B. Smith will step down as its executive director this fall. Smith was selected to lead the operations of the congressionally chartered non-profit in January 2008. He will be returning to his home state of California to seek new civic leadership opportunities with his wife, Maya Enista Smith, who will remain Chief Executive Officer of

Under his leadership, NCoC has seen a rebirth of its namesake annual conference and has expanded the Civic Health Index program from a single national report to partnerships in more than 25 states and cities around the country.

"NCoC and the cause of active civic engagement have been the beneficiaries of David Smith's vision, imagination and engagement," said NCoC Chair Michael Weiser. "I will miss his energy and partnership but am pleased that David will remain involved with NCoC and in the mission of building more active and engaged communities."

NCoC incubates innovative programs that expand national and community service, invest in the civic understanding of our nation’s next generation of community leaders, and rally the private sector to play a major role in solving society’s most pressing problems.

Weiser announced that a search committee, co-chaired by him and fellow NCoC director Eric Federing, has been formed to conduct a national search for a successor to Smith. The committee has retained Transition Guides as a search consultant. Prospective candidates and other interested parties may find transition information at or by email at

Prior to joining NCoC, Smith led, which he founded in March 2002, while a student at the University of California, Berkeley. Mobilize, now a network of more than 220,000, has played a critical role in engaging and investing in the millennial generation’s civic capacity to solve community problems.

Smith currently serves as vice chair of The Corps Network and treasurer of Prepare the Future. He also serves on the advisory board of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Democracy Project, the Concord Coalition, Splashlife, Reimagining Service, and on the Steering Committee of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools. Smith has been honored as a fellow by Independent Sector/American Express and the International Youth Foundation, and he serves as a senior fellow to Pepperdine University’s Davenport Institute.

“I am proud of having recruited and developed a team of innovative and creative leaders during my tenure at NCoC,” said Smith. “I have every confidence that our staff, working with our board of directors and national advisory board, will keep NCoC on the forefront of exploring modern citizenship.”

We invite you to stay involved with NCoC, and join us at our 67th Annual National Conference on Citizenship this September 14 at the National Constitution Center ( ). The 2012 Conference is being held in conjunction with the 225th anniversary of the US Constitution and is themed “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs: Exploring the Link Between Civic Engagement and Employment.”
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