Brooke Smith


Brooke has twenty years of senior management experience in the public and private sectors, including leadership roles in local and state government and international agencies. She is an expert in municipal government policy and administration, organizational strategy, and large-scale program implementation.

Brooke leads our team supporting the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice on the Justice Implementation Task Force, the next phase of planning to close Rikers Island and create a smaller, safer, fairer jail system in New York City. She is also guiding the launch of the E Pluribus Unum Fund, a not-for-profit recently founded by former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu to address race, equity, economic opportunity, and violence in the U.S. South.

Prior to joining the firm, Brooke served as chief of staff to Mayor Landrieu. She was instrumental in leveraging private investment to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Brooke led economic development projects and public incentive reforms that advanced key city policy objectives, including the rebuilding of sustainable, resilient neighborhoods and increasing minority-owned business participation. She guided efforts to streamline processes and systems in city agencies, resulting in faster and more reliable customer service for New Orleans businesses and residents. Brooke also served as senior advisor to the Mayor on international relations and citywide emergencies—from natural disasters to social unrest.

Before joining government, Brooke helped launch the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. She spent her early career in private banking with Citibank and Credit Suisse in Zurich. She holds a BS in international trade and finance and a BA in French from Louisiana State University.

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