Chip Smith

CEO, Founding Partner

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Chip Smith is a Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer at The Glover Park Group. A Founding Partner of the firm, Chip has shaped GPG’s growth strategy from startup to one of the nation’s most respected strategic communication companies.

Chip directs the operations of the company and counsels clients on a broad range of matters, with particular emphasis on corporate communications, reputation management and corporate marketing. He has deep expertise in special situations including crisis, litigation, activist campaigns, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcies. 

Prior to GPG, Chip was a Deputy Campaign Manager and the Chief Operating Officer for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. As a member of the senior strategic team, Chip designed, built and directed the campaign’s day-to-day operations.

From 1996 to 2000, Chip was the Chief of Staff at MCI and an Executive Director of Strategy and Communications. There he directed internal and external communications as well as overall messaging to Wall Street, industry analysts, media, regulators, customers, shareholders and employees.

Before joining MCI, Chip was an Executive Vice President at Shrum, Devine & Donilon, Inc., a leading political media and public relations consulting firm. There he helped conceive, produce and place media in nine winning U.S. Senate campaigns and seven winning congressional campaigns. Chip began his career as a legislative assistant to Senator Wyche Fowler, Jr.

A native of Atlanta, Chip received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in American Studies from Colby College, and a Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He lives with his wife and two children in Washington, D.C.