Paul David Smith is an educator and community advocate from Washington DC. He is the Director of Legitimacy and Reconciliation at the National Network for Safe Communities.
He brings knowledge and experience to guide (a portfolio of partners, focusing primarily on police legitimacy, reconciliation and trust building.)
Before starting at the National Network for Safe Communities, Paul worked at the City of Chattanooga, TN as the Public Safety Coordinator and before that, he served as the Executive Principal of The Howard School, making noteworthy strides in educational achievement, raising test scores and graduation rates significantly. Paul believes in developing partnerships focusing on building safer communities together.
Paul is currently a doctoral candidate in the Leadership Studies program at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee with a dissertation focus on community-based violence prevention.