Conan Smith is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Ford School. He has served as a Washtenaw County Commissioner and Washtenaw Parks and Recreation Commissioner since 2005. He chaired the county commission in 2011 and 2012 and chaired its $200M budget in 2009 and 2011. Smith specializes in developing and leading intergovernmental partnerships to support economic and social justice policies and practices. From 2004 to 2016 he was the executive director of Metro Matters, a Detroit area nonprofit focused on regional public policy. His work was fundamental to the creation of the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office, Michigan Works South East, and the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan. Smith serves on a variety of public and nonprofit boards. He is an appointee to the Governor's Talent Investment Board, the founding board chair of Michigan Saves, and second vice chair of the Michigan Works! Association. He earned his undergraduate degree in creative writing and English literature from the Residential College at the University of Michigan and his master's degree in dispute resolution from Wayne State University.