Curt Smith's 30-plus-year career in public policy work includes stints as an award-winning journalist, 15 years on Capitol Hill in a variety of senior staff roles, think-tank executive and eleven years as President of the Indiana Family Institute.
A native Hoosier, Curt completed an undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington. In 2011 he also completed a Masters degree, cum laude, at Chicago's Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Smith began his career working for Indiana daily newspapers while also serving as a stringer for The New York Times. He then worked on Capitol Hill as a press secretary, campaign manager, communications director, state director, and chief of staff over a 15-year span for U.S. Senator Dan Coats and U.S. Rep. John Hostettler. His passion, however, is reclaiming a theology of public life, which makes his service at the Indiana Family Institute, a faith-based public policy advocacy organization that works with Focus on the Family and the Alliance Defending Freedom, especially rewarding.
He is married to the former Debbie Sutter of Marion, Indiana, and they have four children, including the starting center for the Butler University Men's Basketball team, Andrew Smith, who has played in two Final Four national championship games. He attends Traders Point Christian Church in northwest Indianapolis, where he served as an elder for 14 years and was Chairman of the Board from 2005 until 2008.
Smith is also co-author of Pause Points: The Mindful Pursuit of Health and Well-Being with Gene Harker, M.D., Ph.D.
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