Joe Smith is a National Partnership Coordinator with the Forest Service’s National Partnership Office. During his tenure, Joe has focused on increasing field-based capacity for partnership development, improving internal and external communications around partnerships, and facilitating the implementation of priority national-level partnerships in virtually every region of the agency.
Before working with the National Partnership Office, Joe spent a year as a policy analyst in Research and Development. Joe has also completed detail assignments with the Climate Change Advisor’s Office, where he recommended improvements to the Climate Change Performance Scorecard, and with the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests, where he created a comprehensive public engagement strategy for an 80,000 acre integrated land management project.
Joe has also spent time on fire assignments in Colorado and California as a public information officer. Before coming to the Forest Service in 2010, Joe spent six years in broadcast television working as an on-air meteorologist and environmental reporter. A highlight of his time in that field was closely analyzing and communicating the effects of three landfalling Central Florida hurricanes to the local community in 2004.
Joe holds a bachelor’s in Meteorology from Florida State University and a master’s in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
National Partnership Coordinator
National Partnership Office