Brooke Smith is a leader at the intersection of science, communication, policy, and the environment. She is the Executive Director of COMPASS, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering scientists to be effective communicators and to engage in the public discourse about the environment. Brooke has led COMPASS from its early stages – a decade ago – to a leading science communications organization, now training thousands of scientists to be strong communicators, and brokering connections between leading scientists, journalists and policy makers focused on the environment.
In addition to broad connections with scientists, media, and policy makers, Brooke’s expertise is in science (ecology and ocean science), state and federal environmental policy, communication strategy, and organizational leadership, management and fundraising. She is a systems thinker, connector, and innovator. Her experiences stem from early work in the federal government and as a consultant to federal agencies, and for the last fifteen years, in the non-profit sector. She has an M.S. from Oregon State University’s College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Duke University.
Brooke has a courtesy faculty appointment at Oregon State University, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on “the Public Interfaces of Life Sciences”, has served on the Board of Directors for the Surfrider Foundation and the Forest Park Conservancy, and was a Donella Meadows Leadership Fellow. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two daughters – where she enjoys being outside and eating anything delicious and local.