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Board Member and Adjunct Fellow
Ms. Smith focuses on trade and international issues affecting consumers. She is also the founder and coordinator of International Consumers for Civil Society, an umbrella group that has 24 non-profit organization members in 13 countries worldwide.
Frances B. Smith is currently an Adjunct Fellow with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where she focuses on trade and international issues affecting consumers. She is also the founder and coordinator of International Consumers for Civil Society, an umbrella group that has 24 non-profit organization members in 13 countries around the world and is an NGO with several international organizations. Smith served from 1994 - 2005 as Executive Director of Consumer Alert, a national consumer group. She received an appointment to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Trade and Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, which reviews and comments on trade agreements and related matters involving the U.S. She also served a 4-year appointment on the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine’s Food Forum.
Smith has testified before Congressional committees and regulatory agencies, has been a participant in numerous public meetings of regulatory agencies, and has commented on regulatory issues both domestically and internationally. She was a contributing editor at Consumers’ Research magazine and has had articles and letters published in the Legal Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, Detroit News, Investor's Business Daily, Journal of Commerce, Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Times, and other newspapers. She also is the author of a widely distributed monograph on the Biosafety Protocol.
Before joining Consumer Alert in 1994, Smith was an executive and officer of a major financial services trade association, where she also founded a non-profit foundation that produced an award-winning documentary on personal bankruptcy. In an earlier position, she was the founding editor of an award-winning banking journal, the Journal of Retail Banking.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Smith holds a B.A. from the University of New Orleans and an M.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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