Steven Smith is a Managing Senior Partner with SP Consulting providing comprehensive strategic communications services to clients nationwide spanning an array of industries including high tech, conservation, financial services, higher education, philanthropy, and electronics, among others. As a Managing Senior Partner, Mr. Smith serves as a member of the firm’s senior leadership team responsible for the agency’s strategic growth while also leading the firm’s West Region with responsibilities that include operational oversight, client relationship management, and business development. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Smith brings to SP nearly 20 years’ experience delivering results for organizations in high-stakes situations across multiple disciplines, including media relations, brand management, issues and crisis communications, public affairs, public policy, change management, senior executive counsel and support, B2B communications, and consumer product launches/promotions.
Previously, Mr. Smith held the position of senior vice president and partner at FleishmanHillard (FH), one of the leading global communications agencies. Through the course of his 13-year FH tenure, Mr. Smith played instrumental roles for small, mid-cap and large corporate and government clients in water, energy, land-use/development, technology, commercial airline, healthcare, sports, telecommunications, and other industries.
In addition to his diverse client work, for eight years Mr. Smith served as an in-house communications executive at AT&T, FH’s largest client. In this role, he led communications teams responsible for the Western and Southeast regions of the U.S. at the $125+ billion multinational Fortune 10 company. During his tenure servicing AT&T, Mr. Smith held senior roles in communications activities surrounding high profile transactions, including the launch of the original iPhone, the AT&T/SBC merger, AT&T’s acquisition of BellSouth and subsequent rebranding of Cingular Wireless to AT&T, and AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of TMobile.
Mr. Smith began his career in state government as a field representative for former California Assembly Floor Leader Richard Katz where he served as the member’s primary district representative. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Southern California with an area of concentration of media and communications policy. His undergraduate degree is in political science from California State University, Northridge.