National Child Welfare Association

Adrian Smith

Government Affairs Associate

(503) 222-4044, ext. 134

Adrian (Addie) graduated in 2012 from the dual law and social work program at Washington University in St. Louis where her studies focused on the intersection of race, family, and public policy. While finishing undergrad and before entering the dual degree program, she spent four years as a mental health specialist at a residential treatment program working directly with children and families in the child welfare system. As a dual degree student, she expanded her direct practice experiences in the child welfare system and interned at the Family Violence Unit at the Denver District Attorney’s Office, as a juvenile probation officer in St. Louis County, and as the resident social worker for a Child and Family Defense Clinic. 

Her policy experience includes work on Native Hawaiian policy initiatives, supporting tribal economic development, and local child welfare court reform. She joined NICWA after interning with the government affairs and advocacy team in the summer of 2011.

As government affairs associate, Addie works with tribes, tribal policymaking organizations, and state and federal governments on policy development and federal funding issues in efforts to support tribal sovereignty and promote the well-being of children and families.