CIO, Author, Professor

Gregory S. Smith is an internationally recognized IT executive with decades of experience managing complex IT and business systems. Mr. Smith serves as the Chief  Information Officer (CIO) at the American Kidney Fund in Maryland. Previously, Mr. Smith served in a variety of CIO roles with organizations including the Pew Trusts, ASCD, and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Mr. Smith's for-profit experience includes a decade in U.S. national security, financial services 100 at SallieMae, and consulting experience as a principal consultant in the management consulting group at PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Mr. Smith is the honoree of several awards including: SmartCEO magazine's Top 10 CIOs in the Washington DC area, Computer World's Premier 100 IT leaders, and CIO magazine's CIO 100. Mr. Smith was also recognized by CIO Insight magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Influential CIOs in the United States.

Mr. Smith also serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, graduate programs and at the University of Maryland, College Park, undergraduate programs. He has 20 years of higher education experience teaching the next generation of IT and business leaders. 



  • Panel Speaker, The Hackett Group, Mid-market Leadership Discussion, "How Will IT Lead in the New Normal? Trends from Hackett's 2021 Key Issues Study," October 26, 2020.

  • "The Importance of IT Strategic Planning and Disaster Recovery Testing in a Covid-19 World," August 31, 2020; Georgetown University.

  • Keynote Speaker, University of Reykjavik, Iceland, February 14, 2020; Visiting Georgetown Professor Discussion with Computer Science Students.

  • Keynote Speaker, University of Iceland, Iceland, February 14, 2020.

  • Keynote Speaker, University of Akureyri, Iceland, February 17, 2020.

  • Keynote Speaker, International Monetary Fund, Washington DC, November 22, 2019; "What is World-Class IT?"

  • Panelist, InfoSec Healthcare Connect CIO Summit, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, August 19-21, 2019.

  • International Keynote Speaker, Mobile Enterprise Canada Conference, Toronto, Canada, October 4-5, 2016.

  • International Keynote Speaker, CIO Summit, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 26, 2014.

  • Keynote Speaker, Interop Las Vegas, Nevada, April 2, 2014 "Mobile and Cloud Computing Merge to Form a Supernova of Computing Opportunities."

  • International Keynote Speaker, Intracom IT Executive Summit, Montreal, Canada, April 25, 2013.

  • International Keynote Speaker, IT Executive Summit 2012, Macau, China, November 7-9, 2012.

  • Keynote Speaker, Interop, New York, October 6, 2012.

  • International Keynote Speaker, CIO Business Congress Summit, Kovalem, India, July 21-22, 2011.



Gregory S. Smith is the author of several books, including Dream Challenge, Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social, and Cloud-based World, CIO 2.0 (Mandarin), How to Protect Your Children on the Internet, and Straight to the Top: Becoming a World-Class CIO.

Quotes from Professionals and Georgetown University Students:

"I am currently supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) CIO by helping to create a Strategic Management Branch. Your book has been helpful and I review it often for pearls of wisdom."

- Shaw M. Otto, MS, PMP

Georgetown University Graduate School Graduate

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December 2017

In 2017, Mr. Smith leveraged his decade long career in national security to publish his first fiction thriller - Dream Challenge.  Please find Dream Challenge in paperback on  Enjoy!


"If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes."
- Lewis Grizzard



April 2006



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