Brian Smith, Ph.D.

Brian SmithDr. Smith serves as Chief of Staff, supporting the CEO in managing and directing agency work in collaboration with executive team members to increase productivity and alignment of resources to achieve agency objectives. He directs special projects and initiatives ranging from strategic planning to facilitating the legislative agenda and internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO.

Brian is a LEAD Hampton Roads 2016 graduate. He is a fourteenth generation native of Hampton Roads and a US Army veteran, receiving numerous medals and awards while serving as a Stinger Missile Team Chief with the First Infantry Division. An active community volunteer, Brian is also an appointee to Virginia’s Transit Service Delivery Advisory Committee, representing the Virginia Transit Association, and serves on the MPA National Advisory Board for Regent University.

Brian holds a seminary degree and a PhD in organizational leadership. In 1999, he was a Delta International Scholar and studied abroad in Belgium. His doctoral dissertation focused on leadership in collaborative regional networks. He has a master’s degree in public policy from Regent University and an advanced certificate in public administration from Old Dominion University with an emphasis on public budgeting and finance. He is married to Monica, a public school music teacher, and is the proud father of two children, Regan and Eli.