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with Donna Smith, JD
End of Life Planning
Compassion and Choices is the largest and oldest non profit focused on choice and care at the end of life. Our goal is to educate all communities so they are empowered to make informed healthcare decisions so they can advocate for themselves and loved ones. In this class Donna Smith will discuss the importance of Advance Care Planning.
About Donna Smith, JD
Donna Smith is an accomplished professional with over twenty years of experience in political consulting, legislative advocacy, public affairs, and policy and program management.
Donna was the Chief of Policy and Community Programs for eight years at the Maryland Department of Aging. She led a team of program managers that implemented aging statewide programs for the aging and their caregivers. She was also detailed to work on the White House Conference on Aging in as a public relations specialist.
In 2014 she was a political consultant to the Donna Edwards Senatorial campaign where she focused on organizing women and seniors.
Donna has been employed by Compassion and Choices (C&C) for 5 years. She is the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor & State Director (MD/DC). In this capacity she led the campaign to pass end of Death with Dignity legislation in both the District of Columbia (the legislation passed in Feb. 2017) and Maryland, where she organized and engaged over 17,000 volunteers to help pass legislation and acted as a spokesperson on behalf of C&C.
A graduate of Tuskegee University and George Washington Law School, she has one son and resides in Laurel, MD.