Judy Smith who is an American author, crisis manager as well as a television producer was born on 27th October 1958. She is mostly known as founder, CEO and the president of crisis management firm called Smith & Company. Her work in the crisis management is inspiration for ABC television series Scandal. She is the native of Washington, D.C.  She went to study at the St. Francis de Sales Elementary School. She also got enrolled at Academy of Notre Dame. After completing her high school, she attended the Boston University and got graduated from there with the Bachelor of the Science degree in Public Relations. After that, she joined the American University and the graduated with law degree from Washington College of Law. Judy became the first African-American woman who served as the executive editor of American University Law Review. She also delivered a Commencement Address in May of 2013 to Boston University College of Communication class of 2013 along with commencement student speaker Cody Brotter.

Smith began to work in the public service in the year 1983. At that time, she was employed as the assistant editor for Nurses Association of American College of obstetricians and gynecologists in the Washington, D.C. after she got graduated from the American University in 1987, she became the deputy director of the public information and associate counsel on office of Independent Counsel. She was then appointed as the special counsel to US Attorney in 1989 for District of Columbia where she served as a principal adviser in US Attorney on the media relations as well as chief spokeswoman.

After that, Judy worked as a special assistant as well as the deputy press secretary to the President George H. W. Bush from 7th march of 1991. While her time there, she earned reputation for being the straight forward, hard working and honest. While she was working for The White House, she helped to navigate through other crisis which includes 1991 Gulf War and the relations with Kuwait and Iran-Contra affair. After leaving as the White House staff, Judy started the Smith & Company which is a consulting firm that specialized in the crisis management and other media relations. The firm has advised notable people such as Wesley Snipes, Monica Lewinsky, Michael Vick, and the Sony Pictures Entertainment after their cyber attack in 2014.

Prior to that, Smith had also worked for the NBC as their vice president of the communications. There, she was responsible for the news, sports as well as entertainment shows. Judy was introduced to Shonda Rhimes and her partner Betsy Beers in the year 2009. The meeting of them was scheduled for just less than half an hour but it went for more than three hours and the meeting resulted in the development of political thriller TV series titled Scandal. The series is inspired by Judy’s professional background in the public relations as well as crisis management work in the Washington, D. C. as of the year 2012, Judy serves as the co-executive producer and the technical advisor for show. In addition to that, Smith also writes the blogs fro Huffington Post and the ABC television. She has also written a book titled Good “Self, Bad Self”which was released on 3rd April of 2012.

Apart from that, Judy is now at the age of 56. As she has maintained to keep her profile low, there is not more information found that is related to her personal life regarding her marriage and husband. She is active in social networking sites as well. To get more information related to her, we can also follow her on her twitter account. 


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