Center for New Frontiers

America was not founded to restore an imagined past, but to move its people into a bright and brilliant future. In this first half of the twenty-first century, the United States stands on the precipice of an array of extraordinary possibilities. Dreams from our yesterdays — interplanetary travel, autonomous vehicles, subterranean transit systems, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, organ regeneration, extraordinary new power sources, and beyond — are poised to enter our tomorrows. The America First Policy Institute (AFPI) will advance policies that nurture America’s experimental spirit.

Steven M. Smith Chief of Staff and Director, Center for New Frontiers

Steve Smith is from Dayton, Ohio, serves as AFPI’s Chief of Staff and Director of the Center for New Frontiers. Smith recently served as a Special Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff of the White House Office of American Innovation and the Domestic Policy Council, where he developed, led, and managed the policy strategy of over 40 team members. Smith served on the team that passed the First Step Act, a historic bipartisan criminal justice reform bill, and was heavily involved in the successes of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, and the COVID-19 rapid response operations team. Steve previously spent 12 years in campaign management, leading and supporting political races from city, state, federal, and presidential levels, including service on Senator Mitch McConnell’s 2008 campaign and as the Special Assistant to the Republican National Committee’s co-Chairman during the 2016 cycle. Smith received a degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. Smith is daydreaming about the final frontier of space, playing saxophone to the detriment of his neighbors, hiking new trails, and rooting on the Cleveland Browns, Dayton Flyers, and the Kentucky Wildcats.

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