CEO shift7, Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Award-winning entrepreneur, engineer, and tech evangelist. Smith is CEO and co-founder of shift7, a company working collaboratively on systemic social, environmental and economic problems — finding opportunities to scout and scale promising solutions and solution makers and engage proven tech-forward, open, shareable practices to drive direct impact, together. Smith served as the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer from 2014-2017 — working on issues from AI and open data to inclusive economic growth, entrepreneurship, structural inequalities, government tech innovation capacity, and criminal justice reform. Eleven years as vice president at Google for nine years leading new business development and Google.org and later in the l-team at X founding SolveforX and WomenTechmakers. Led acquisitions of Google Earth, Maps, Picasa and engineering transition of Google.org. PlanetOut CEO, Apple Japan, General Magic innovating early smart phones. Board member of MIT, Vital Voices, LA Olympics 2028, Thinkof-Us; Co-founder of the Malala Fund and UN Solutions Summit, advisor Silicon Valley Comes to the UK. Bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT, master’s thesis at MIT Media Lab. Member, Council on Foreign Relations and National Academy of Engineering.