Brooke Smith

Partner

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 most recently served as chief of staff to former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. During her time in the Mayor’s Office, 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. This unprecedented effort galvanized 80 international partners in government and the not-for-profit sector around concrete goals to dramatically reduce infant and maternal mortality. The alliance has since grown to more than a thousand organizations in 77 countries.

Brooke 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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Service Type
National Initiatives, Program Design
Client Type
Foundation
Issue Area
Economic and Community Development, Health and Well-Being