GEORGIA MINORITY ENGAGEMENT
About Leo Smith, Georgia Republican Party’s State Director for Strategic Engagement
Leo Smith has extensive civic and professional experience building bridges across difference and navigating demographic change. He was licensed for ministry by the African Methodist Episcopal church and presided over a three county NAACP chapter in Virginia where he focused on tech partnerships and created the New River Valley Ecumenical Alliance. An administrator in EOAA, he was the first recipient of Virginia Tech’s College of Arts and Science Diversity Award for staff leadership.
He now works with the Republican National Committee and the Georgia Republican Party as Georgia State Director for Strategic Engagement. He has served as a GAGOP State Committeeman, Vice Chair for Public Policy for the Georgia Black Republican Council and Cobb County House District Chair. He is founder and CEO of Engaged Futures Inc., an organization founded to build bridges across race and class within conservative frameworks.
Leo’s work on minority engagement is frequently mentioned in best practices discussions by people like RNC Chairman Reince Preibus, AJC journalists and Georgia Public Broadcasting where he has appeared on the show On the Story: Lawmakers Edition. He also regularly appears on WABE’s Political Rewind, with local journalists, legislators, pundits and candidates.
Leo's been recognized in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta for faith based business development and community leadership. He has received honorable mentions from organizations like Heritage Action, Americans for Prosperity and the Capitol Coalition of Conservative Leaders.
He is married to his wife Andrea, a University Instructor of Sociology, and is the father of Grace, 9, and Luke, 8.
Leading into the November 2016 elections minority voter engagement will once again prove to be a key component to America's strength. Over the next few months we will be able to engage with, learn from, affirm, and work with many important voices from our state and country. These leaders, activists, business people, clergy, Moms and Dads are the ambassadors for Republican strategic engagement initiatives. Their brand is opportunity. Some connect to the party for religious beliefs, some for business freedom, some for educational reform, and others for prison and criminal justice reform. Whatever your reason, our agenda is your agenda.
Georgia voter engagement's primary mission since 2013 has been to identify, engage, and mobilize people who believe in conservative uplift and empowerment solutions. As 2016 approaches we invite you to become part of our innovative success. We want to win elections, but we are equally committed to winning hearts and minds and making a real difference. Become a strategic partner or sponsor a coalition group to make manifest a policy and economic ecosystem that bolsters freedom and prosperity. Join us in the many ways to "get in where you fit in." If you'd like to continue seeing the results we've achieved please make a donation today. Be sure to visit the main GAGOP site.
State Director, Engagement
Georgia Republican Party
1ST VICE CHAIR, GAGOP
ENTREPRENUER / MINISTER
POLITICAL FIELD DIRECTOR
CSRA MIN ENG CHAIR
FAYETTE GOP CHAIRMAN
PASTOR / ATTY
PASTOR / SPEAKER
DISTRICT CHAIR / ALLY
HOW TO GET AND STAY CONNECTED
Writing your own story, like painting your own picture, starts with choosing the right medium. The Republican party is a blank canvass for innovative leaders and ideas. We hope that by plugging into events and forums you will be part of the change you want to see in America. It all starts with expanding your network. There are many ways to get involved locally, statewide and nationally.
Your local county party is a great place to start. Register on this site and you will be connected to the county party closest to your city. Attend an affinity or coalition group meeting like the Georgia Black Republican Council. If you are focused on conservative activism, policy or networking you may benefit from independent organizations like Engaged Futures, or the National Hispanic Republican Assembly.
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