Carolyn Smith
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Director of Communications, DeKalb County Solicitor-General

Carolyn A. Smith is a public relations professional, with a passion for media relations and building integrated communications plans. She helps clients of various sizes find their voice, own their narratives, and lead conversations happening around their brand and within their industry.

She currently leads external communications efforts for the Office of the DeKalb County Solicitor-General. As the director of communications, she serves as the adviser to the Solicitor-General and her staff. She fields all media inquiries and assists with the promotion of office involved community events. She manages and publishes all office communications, including website, newsletters, brochures, speeches and social media.

Previously she supported the public affairs team of Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and supported the Executive Vice President at The Wilbert Group by leading media relation efforts for accounts like Aaron's, Inc. and Equifax.

She began her career at Octagon Sports Marketing managing Equifax's major league sports partnerships and acted as a liaison to Atlanta-based sports teams. After getting her fill of what it takes to manage large sponsorship budgets and live events, she took a job at FleishmanHillard, as the Atlanta office's first Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow. During her three-year career at FH Atlanta, she supported the corporate group with various tasks, including developing communications plans, new business research, social media monitoring and analysis, media relations, and managing the office's intern and fellowship program. Clients included AFLAC, Gas South, Telrite Corporation, Ernst & Young, Novelis and AT&T.

She proudly serves as the vice-chair of Men Stopping Violence's board of directors. She is also a member of Planned Parenthood Southeast's Young Leaders and Junior League DeKalb.

Carolyn is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a concentration in public relations and a minor in political science.