Jamal Smith currently serves the State of Indiana as Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; transitioning from his role as the Governor's Senior Advisor for Minority Affairs. Prior to his position with the State of Indiana, Jamal was the Director of Marketing and Business Development for United States Synchronized Swimming (USSS), the National Governing Body for the Olympic Sport of Synchronized Swimming.
Over the past 13-years, Jamal’s professional experiences have included government affairs, marketing & business development, event management, as well as community engagement. He has managed teams of professionals and oversees a budget of more than $9 million. Jamal has participated on sales teams that have generated an excess of $16 million, developed and implemented organizational marketing plans, and led recruitment campaigns resulting in increases of more than 300%. In addition, Jamal has overseen more than twelve (12) international events including the selection and announcement of the 2008 Olympic Synchronized Swimming Team.
Jamal's recent focus has been the oversight and implementation of many of the State's programs and initiatives; ensuring the inclusion of Indiana’s most underrepresented populations. As Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Jamal’s focus has been the enforcement of civil rights for all Hoosiers, understanding the delicate balance between providers and patrons. His collaborative efforts include both public and private sectors, state agencies, as well as community and faith based organizations.
Correspondingly, Jamal is recognized as a leader professionally as well as throughout the community. His diverse group of board appointments includes serving as Chair of the Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, the Indiana Blood Bank Board of Directors and the Indiana Health Information Technology, Inc. Board of Directors. Mr. Smith also spends a great deal of time as a basketball coach and mentor within the city of Indianapolis.
Jamal graduated from Wright State University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in History; completing his MBA in 2000, also from Wright State University. His undergraduate tenure includes a successful career as an intercollegiate basketball player. As a student athlete, Jamal has received many awards and much recognition for his performances on the court as well as in the classroom. Mr. Smith went on to continue his education at Purdue University where he graduated in 2002 with an MS Degree in Sports Management & Athletic Administration.