CarterBaldwin Executive Search is pleased to announce Andrea McDaniel Smith has become a Partner of the firm. Andrea brings a wealth of experience in mission-based organizations and will further expand CarterBaldwin’s scope and capacity in social enterprise, public policy, and the global nonprofit arena.
Andrea joined CarterBaldwin in 2015 following more than 15 years of distinguished work in public service and nonprofit organizations. She leads CarterBaldwin’s Washington, D.C. office.
Andrea’s career in executive recruitment began long before joining CarterBaldwin. She served in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, advising George W. Bush on his appointments to government agencies. She also played a key leadership role in the recruitment and assessment of hundreds of senior individuals as the Deputy White House Liaison at the U.S. Department of State.
Following her government service, Andrea moved to Kigali, Rwanda and co-founded a nonprofit organization focused on reconciliation and community-based development. That experience led her to co-produce the award-winning documentary film, Mama Rwanda, which tells the story of women overcoming extreme poverty through entrepreneurship. She then spent a season at the Aspen Institute, promoting entrepreneurship and education in the Middle East and North Africa.
As a Partner, Andrea will continue her successful work growing and strengthening our market-leading nonprofit search practice as she focuses on clients in the education, international human rights, economic development, philanthropy, and public policy development sectors. Notable clients include International Justice Mission, Liberty Fund, World Vision, The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Boys & Girls Clubs, Prison Fellowship International, Wheaton College, and the American Diabetes Association.
Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of The Veritas Forum and on the Leadership Council of The Trinity Forum. She is a graduate of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Andrea, her husband, Adrian, and their three-year-old son split time between Washington, D.C. and Gering, Nebraska, where Adrian represents the 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.