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Judy Smith

Founder and President, Smith & Company

Judy's Expertise

Judy is a strategic counselor who has advised U.S. Presidents, global leaders, and Fortune 500 companies on a wide array of complex challenges and issues. In 1993, she founded Smith & Company, a strategic advisory firm with offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, New York, and London. A former federal prosecutor, she worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the Office of the Independent Counsel, and she served at the White House as Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. Prior to her legal career, Judy worked as a writer and public affairs specialist for several publications and private organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C. Judy holds a BS in public relations from Boston University and a JD from the American University Washington College of Law, where she was the first Black woman to serve on the Executive Board of the Law Review. She is the inspiration for the protagonist in the hit TV series, “Scandal,” for which she also served as Executive Producer. She is the author of the book, Good Self, Bad Self, published by Free Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.