Laura Smith, MPA

Former Foundation Chief Executive, Seattle, Washington

Laura Smith
  • Laura Smith, MPA
    Seattle, Washington

Until her retirement in 2016, Laura Smith was the President and CEO of Washington Dental Service Foundation which invests in state-based and national strategies designed to produce significant, long-lasting improvements in oral health. The Foundation is best known for their leadership of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry Program (ABCD) which has increased access to dental care for low income children, their efforts to engage primary care medical providers in addressing oral health with their patients and their work with the early learning community to prevent oral disease.  She worked closely with a diverse Board of Trustees and had extensive experience in lobbying for changes in public policy with the Governor and the state Legislature. 

She brought to this work a commitment to improving the health of children and their families and a solid back ground in planning, execution, evaluation and financial management.  Prior to her 15 years at the WDS Foundation, she held several positions at Seattle Children’s Hospital and worked with members of the Hospital and Foundation Boards to lead campaigns to reach fundraising goals and with department directors, researchers and others to design successful projects.  During her career she has also held finance and management positions with the Seattle Parks Department, the City of Seattle’s Department of Management and Budget, and the State Department of Social and Health Services where worked with Medicaid.  She started her career as a case worker and worked directly with families. 

Ms. Smith has a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Washington State University.  

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