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Brooke E. Smith
Senior Advisor
The Office of Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu

Brooke Smith serves as Senior Advisor to Louisiana’s Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu. In this role, she oversees strategic initiatives, develops public/private partnerships, and advises on opportunities and challenges facing the state of Louisiana. Brooke, a native of New Orleans who left Louisiana in 1993 to work in Europe, returned to the state in 2005 following the devastating hurricanes that destroyed so much of Southeast and Southwest Louisiana.

Prior to her return to Louisiana, Brooke worked at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, where she helped develop the first global health partnership focused on maternal, newborn and child health. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, a coalition of key funders and experts including UNICEF, Gates Foundation and World Bank, is hosted at WHO and is focused on coordinating efforts across the public and private sectors to achieve the Millennium Development Goals to improve the health of mothers and children. At WHO, Brooke also developed and managed the global advocacy efforts for WHO’s annual public awareness campaign, and organized World Health Day 2005.

Brooke spent her early career in banking with Citibank and Credit Suisse in Zurich, Switzerland. After five years in private banking, Brooke led marketing efforts for technology companies in the financial services industry. When Brooke left private industry, she initially applied her skills in the non-profit sector with the International Union Against Cancer (UICC). Brooke is dedicated to fostering the links between corporate social initiatives and community-driven solutions through social innovation by bringing the private, nonprofit and public sectors together to eradicate the root causes of the world’s most challenging social problems.

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