Mary L. Smith
The VENG Group
Ms. Smith has previously served as the Principal Deputy Director and CEO equivalent at the Indian Health Service, a $6 billion division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and system of hospitals providing healthcare to more than two million Native Americans in the United States. Ms. Smith currently serves as Vice-Chair at the VENG Group, a non-partisan government relations and public affairs firm where she consults clients on business development, strategy, healthcare, and corporate governance. Ms. Smith previously was the Special Counsel & Estate Trust Officer at the Office of Special Deputy Receiver in Chicago, managing and advising on mergers and acquisitions for insurance companies. She has also served as General Counsel at the Illinois Department of Insurance and Counselor in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. Smith holds a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School and earlier in her career, served as the Associate Counsel to the U.S. President in the White House Counsel’s Office. Additionally, Ms. Smith founded the Caroline and Ora Smith Foundation, which sponsors, supports, and trains Native American girls in science, technology, engineering, and math.