DAVID J. SMITH

CONSULTANT | SPEAKER | COACH | TRAINER

My Background

David J. Smith’s work spans the fields of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and civic and global education. He has over 30 years’ experience as an educational consultant, lawyer, mediator, college professor, trainer, senior program officer, senior manager, and author. David supports educators, youth, and professionals in developing institution-wide initiatives and student activities promoting civic, conflict, and peacebuilding awareness. He works with groups and individuals in need of career and conflict coaching, mediation, and conflict engagement assistance. He has consulted with nearly 500 colleges around the U.S. and has given over 600 talks on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and international education. He is the president of the Forage Center for Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Education, Inc.,  a 501c3 not-for-profit that offers experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals. He was formerly a senior program officer and manager of national outreach at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has taught at Harford Community College, Goucher College, Towson University, Georgetown University, and currently at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.  David was a founding member of the Harford County (Maryland) Community Mediation Commission. He was a U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Tartu (Estonia) teaching peace studies and alternative dispute resolution. David is the recipient of  the William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the field of Conflict Resolution given by the Association for Conflict Resolution and the inaugural Global Education Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service Leadership given by the World Affairs Council/Washington, DC. David is past chair of the Rockville (Maryland) Human Rights Commission, where he received the Community Mediator of the Year Award.  He was a featured presenter at TEDxFulbright in June 2017.   His consulting clients have included the Fulbright Association, where he led its diversity initiative, and Street Law, Inc., where he spearheaded its community college efforts. David is the author of Legal Research and Writing (Cengage, 1996) and editor of Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource (USIP Press, 2013). In 2016 he published  Peace Jobs: A Student’s Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (Information Age Publishing, 2016) and is the co-author of USIP Special Report 246 Graduate Education and Professional Practice in International Peace and Conflict (August 2010). He has published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education,  Conflict Resolution QuarterlyCommunity College Journal, Journal of Peace Education, Huffington Post, The New York Times, and Baltimore Sun.  David is a member of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) Career Advisory Panel.  He is a graduate of American University (BA, political science & urban affairs), George Mason University (MS, conflict analysis & resolution), and the University of Baltimore (JD). He lives in Rockville, Maryland, with his wife, who teaches nursing at Montgomery College, and daughter, who is in her first year of college. Their son is serving in the Peace Corps in Namibia. David holds dual American and Canadian citizenship.

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