Gail Smith is known as "an advocate of the people," working throughout her career to enhance the lives of the residents of the community in which she lives. 

As a young woman, Gail worked in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Senator Abraham Ribicoff of Connecticut and U.S. Representative Fernand J. St. Germain of Rhode Island, as well as with Sargent Shriver, Director of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.    

Gail received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland with a specialty in community organizing in 1994.  She later joined the Department of Family Services in Prince George’s County as program manager for the Community Integration Program and the Infants and Toddlers Program.  Her work in the disability field resulted in numerous awards for her development and involvement in community programs as well as acknowledgement for displaying the highest standards of quality service (1993–2001).  She received the Governor’s Citation for outstanding contributions to young children and families of Prince George’s County.

Gail joined her husband, Steve, when his work for the US government took him to Australia on two different occasions.  The family lived there for a total of seven years.  During that time, she founded and chaired the Alice Springs Crisis Line, a crisis intervention hot line that took calls from a wide array of citizens in need.

Gail and Steve moved to Annapolis in 1995 and in 2001she joined the staff of County Executive Janet Owens as a community and constituent services specialist. She served as a liaison between the County Executive’s Office and the citizens and community leaders of the Greater Annapolis and Broadneck areas. In an August 2003 Capital article, “She’s an Advocate of the People,” a community leader spoke of Gail's patience, her determination and her willingness to make one more phone call, to try just one more tactic at getting an answer to resolve the issue at hand.  Ms. Smith was quoted as saying, quite simply, “Our job is to build relationships in the community.” 

Following her work in the Owens administration, Gail served for three years as the legislative assistant to Anne Arundel County Council member Joshua Cohen.

When Councilman Josh Cohen was elected Mayor of Annapolis, Gail served in his administration as the director of services, ADA coordinator for the City of Annapolis and a member of the mayor’s senior management team from December 2009-2013.  In this position, she oversaw the mayor’s Office Services Team and the administrative staff in the Office of the Mayor.

As ADA Coordinator, she ensured that all citizens in the community and members of the City of Annapolis workforce had an opportunity to participate in the programs, activities and services offered in a full and meaningful way and that ADA violations did not occur or were remedied if they did.  Gail was also the mayor’s liaison to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis, working to build a strong and collaborative partnership between the City and HACA.

In 2014 Gail left city government and was honored to be able to serve as Legislative Assistant to our District 30 House Delegate and Speaker Mike Busch until her retirement in 2017. 

Gail has long been involved in Democratic politics in Annapolis.  An elected member of the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee from 2005-2013, she represented Ward 2.  She served as chair of the ADCC from 2005 to 2007.  Presently Gail is an alternate member for Ward 1.  Gail was the first recipient of the District 30 Democratic Club’s “Do Something Democrats” Award, named in honor of former President of D30 Sarah Flynn.

Gail lived in the Admiral Heights neighborhood of Annapolis with her husband, Steve, before relocating to Ward 1 downtown area in 2015. She is the proud parent of Scott and Karin and Nana to Bryan, Matthew, Joey and Brayden.  Gail is a long-time member of Calvary United Methodist Church.