Rebel In Action: Patrick Smith '97 '01
Patrick Smith is Past President of the UNLV Alumni Association and an active community leader.
Patrick Smith '97 BA Communication Studies, '01 MPA
Past President, UNLV Alumni Association
Smith was elected to the UNLV Alumni Association board of directors in 2011 and served as third vice president and second vice president before his election as president in 2016. He has chaired several important association committees over the years including events committee and the Rebel Business Network. Among his goals for the Alumni Association are increasing the voice of alumni outside the university, increasing transparency of alumni programs, and building an active and engaged volunteer base.
A longtime Nevadan, Smith leads his own public affairs consulting firm - Patrick Smith LLC - serving as a fundraiser and consultant for local, state, and national candidate and issue campaigns. Representing interests ranging from gaming, construction, outdoor media to transportation, Smith is focused on strategy and measured outcomes.
He attributes his success to working closely with several notable organizations including the City of Las Vegas, Strategic Solutions, The Rogich Communications Group, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and Caesars Palace/The Desert Inn, to name a few. His clients have included Transdev Transportation, American Medical Response, Clear Channel Outdoor, Stratosphere/Arizona Charlie’s, Las Vegas Paving, and Allergan.
Smith also serves as the executive director of the Nevada Economic Development Coalition which was successful in passing fuel tax indexing legislation in Carson City and Clark County in 2013. In 2007, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman appointed Smith as a commissioner on the Housing Authority Board of the City of Las Vegas and he was appointed to the Southern Nevada Regional Housing Authority in 2013.
Smith and his wife, Donna, are foster and adoptive parents. He serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children. Originally from Wisconsin, he can't help being a fan of the Green Bay Packers and he will remain a forever hopeful UNLV Rebel Football fan.