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450 Massachusetts Ave NW, Apt 910
Washington, D.C. 20001
• Attended committee hearings on Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and wrote memos for staff
U.S. Department of State
• Secretary, the Bush School Former Student Network (responsible for communications plan)
• Volunteer, Waterfro...
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Robby S Smith Resume


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Robby S Smith Resume

  1. 1. ROBBY STEPHANY SMITH 450 Massachusetts Ave NW, Apt 910 Washington, D.C. 20001 WORK EXPERIENCE Office of Senator Mike Lee (UT) (February, 2016 – Present) Legislative Correspondent for defense and foreign relations – Washington, D.C. • Conduct background research on a weekly basis on previous and pending legislation, agency programs, GAO and CBO reports, news articles, and staff briefings, advising on possible policy action relating to prioritization of US Government program funding and program performance • Managed the National Defense Authorization Act process for FY2017, tracking, analyzing, and writing amendment vote recommendations for over 600 amendments. • Heavily involved with and knowledgeable of the authorization and appropriations processes for State and Foreign Operations and Defense authorizations, assessing the interplay of the authorizations and appropriations in regard to objectives and effectiveness. • Responsible for creating outgoing correspondence pertaining to veterans issues, defense, foreign relations, and related topics and keeping interns and other staffers briefed and updated on messaging and key issues • Prepare memorandums and briefing materials on various topics pertaining to the issues under the jurisdiction of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Foreign Relations Committee • Draft remarks and hearing questions for the Senator in preparation for full and subcommittee hearings, conducting background research on previous legislation, agency programs, GAO and CBO reports, news articles, and staff briefings • Assist in preparation of speeches and other communications items, working in conjunction with senior staff • Assist in overall development of legislation and policy ideas, working with Congressional colleagues, senior staff and the Senate office of legislative counsel Office of Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) (January, 2015 – Present) Legislative Correspondent – Washington, D.C. • Provided executive level writing, editing, and enforcement of quality correspondence on behalf of the Congressman. • Managed communication via letters/email/phone to constituents of the 5th district of Texas. • Regularly informed and updated constituents regarding issues pertaining to Congress. • Maintained a digital constituent information database and customer relationship management software system of approximately 300,000 individual records, building coalitions of specified groups for targeted messaging purposes. • Researched policy developments, using the Legislative Information System (LIS) and Congressional Research Service (CRS) to ensure constituents receive the most accurate information on policy developments, as well as followed House floor procedure to ensure all outputs are timely and abreast of global, national, and local activities. Office of Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-5) Staff Assistant – Washington, D.C. (August, 2014 – January, 2015) • Managed interns on a regular basis during office hours • Performed extensive research for legislative aides on various different topics • Tracked and maintained performance data for quarterly and annual reports focusing on press metrics, collecting data on press releases, hits, and media coverage; Tracked voting record using congressional databases such as the Legislative Information System (LIS); Gathered data on co-sponsorships Office of Congressman William Flores (TX-17) Intern - Washington, D.C. (July, 2014 – June, 2014) • Performed administrative duties and customer service support for legislative staff
  2. 2. • Attended committee hearings on Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, and wrote memos for staff U.S. Department of State Virtual Student Foreign Service, e-Intern (September, 2013 – June, 2014) • Researched policy and data on global trafficking in persons to write summaries on current trends in trafficking and its effects domestically and abroad, supporting the annual Trafficking in Persons Report Bush School, Texas A&M Graduate Assistant Researcher (August, 2013 – June, 2014) • Assisted the office of communications and external relations with publications such as semi-annual online and print newsletters; recruitment and program brochures, event flyers, posters, and programs; and strategic plans and award submissions; Developed new website, content, and lead focus group assessment • Maintained online portal, entering data, pulling reports, and generating weekly newsletter for 300 students International Justice Mission (IJM) Govt. Relations Intern – Washington, D.C. (June, 2013 – August, 2013) • Created 3-5 yr. strategic plan for IJM, the U.S., and others to collaborate to establish a comprehensive slavery eradication program (CSEP) through developing a program logic model documenting success of IJM projects and anticipating agencies adopting IJM’s collaborative casework model based off performance data • Assisted in planning and executing advocacy initiatives, managing grassroots constituency across the nation via social media, and postcard campaigns involving hundreds of participants EDUCATION The Bush School of Government and Public Service Texas A&M University, College Station, TX May 2014 Master of Public Service and Administration Texas A&M University, College Station, TX Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (5-year dual degree program) May 2014 SKILLS & EXPERIENCES Specialized Knowledge • Microsoft Office Suite - Expert • Fireside21 –correspondence management and customer relations management system: Extensive • STATA – Statistical Analysis Software: Extensive • ProQuest and JSTOR – Research Databases Special Projects • Represented the US Senate and Senator Lee in Israel on a Congressional Delegation trip in March 2016 to discuss bilateral defense cooperation and observe joint endeavors in high-level meetings with a bipartisan contingent • Democracy Analysis – Evaluated current status of democracy development in Ukraine, assessing past and current U.S. aid strategies and the impact on overall progress toward democratic governance • Management Consulting Capstone – Developed a balanced scorecard performance measurement system for the Conquer Cancer Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology to be able to measure donor satisfaction through a series of lead and lag measures in five areas of the organization; Applied academic research to creation of a nationwide donor survey, data analysis, and a balanced scorecard; Served as team communication manager • Program Evaluation – Performed a program effectiveness assessment for International Justice Mission, creating a causal map, logic model, and case study on human trafficking and the impact of IJM • National Security Negotiations – Assessed national security issues and negotiated settlements between disputing nations over nuclear materials, borders, and ethnic minorities, for Amb. Napper • Program Development – Evaluated needs of citizens of Houston, Texas, finding citizen driven data for their greatest public safety concern and developing a program to mitigate the issue
  3. 3. ACTIVITIES • Secretary, the Bush School Former Student Network (responsible for communications plan) • Volunteer, Waterfront Church DC (children’s ministry) Former • Managing Editor, the Public Servant, the Bush School • Class Representative, Master of Public Administration Program, the Bush School • Grants Program Volunteer, Courtney’s House (anti-human trafficking organization in Washington DC) • Danube Summer Institute, Universidad Passau, Diplomatic Academy of Vienna, Andrassy University