Evan Smith is Director of Operations and Strategy at Democracy International. He oversees corporate operations, communications, strategic planning, and new business development. He also provides technical assistance to election-related programs and DG analytical projects. Mr. Smith joined DI in 2008 as a graduate intern. He participated in DI’s comprehensive evaluation of election and political processes programs in Liberia, oversaw communications and use of new media for DI’s Election Observation Mission in Afghanistan, helped organize and participated in DI’s election observation mission to Pakistan, and, most recently, has worked for DI with The Carter Center as an expert on voter registration and vote count verification in Sudan.
Previously, Mr. Smith served as an election administrator in Virginia at the local and state levels, where he has worked on issues relating to voting technology, election law reform, pollworker training and recruitment, voter information management, and public relations. In 2007 he worked as a graduate intern with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ electionline.org project, a nonpartisan, non-advocacy website providing news and analysis on election administration and reform.
In 2009 Mr. Smith completed the Masters Degree program in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown University, where he was President of the Forum for the Study of Democracy and Autocracy. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, where he studied Foreign Affairs and History, focusing on political transitions and elections.