Fran Smith’s work 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.
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.
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.