As Secretary of the District of Columbia, Cynthia Brock-Smith is the chief protocol officer and responsible for the District’s public records management services, the District historical archives, notary commissions and authentications and documents and administrative issuances. Prior to her nomination by Mayor Gray and DC Council confirmation as Secretary of the District of Columbia, Ms. Brock-Smith served as Secretary to the Council of the District of Columbia. In that role, she was the chief administrative officer responsible for managing Council infrastructure and operations, legislative records and developing and administering the Council budget. She maintained the official records of the Council, the online Legislative Information Management System, the Council website, calendar and other sources of information on Council activities. She also managed Council legislative filings, ceremonial events, historical collections and other activities.
Ms. Brock-Smith was formerly senior vice president for the DC Chamber of Commerce where she developed the Chamber’s legislative and policy agenda and coordinated legislative strategy, public information and outreach activities. Ms. Brock-Smith served as director of intergovernmental relations in the cabinet of Mayor Sharon Pratt. During the Administration of President William Clinton, Ms. Brock-Smith coordinated a comprehensive lobbying effort that culminated in the passage of a long-term care insurance program for Federal employees. She served as deputy director of the Democratic National Convention Committee on Rules for two consecutive conventions. She has also served on the staff of the House Appropriations Committee and House Subcommittee on Rules.
Ms. Brock-Smith is a native Washingtonian, Ward 7 resident and graduate of Eastern High School and the University of Maryland. She is a mentor and former president of the Washington, DC chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators.