The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs’ Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) Department is proud to announce that Linda Lorraine (Hesselrode) Smith ’70 MPA has been selected to receive the prestigious 2013 Maxwell Public Administration Award. This honor is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies the ideals of public service espoused by the school and department as articulated in the Athenian Oath. Awardees demonstrate these principles through accomplishments in support of the public interest. Smith will receive the award at the annual Public Administration Convocation on June 28 and will lead the graduating class in the recitation of the Athenian Oath.
Smith retired in 2011 after a long career serving in Federal, state and local government, with experience also as a businesswoman and community volunteer. Most recently, she served as the Caucus Manager for the Republicans in the State House of Representatives in Hawaii. Previously she served as the Senior Policy Advisor to former Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle, playing a critical role in pushing forward bold new initiatives in the areas of public assistance, child protections, educational governance, interisland transportation, and openness and accountability in government.
In her eclectic career, Smith has grown a manufacturing company from $500K in annual sales to $8M; served as the director of finance for the City and County of Honolulu, overseeing $900M in annual expenditures; worked for the Naval Data Automation Command and set up a computerized facility to automate the repair and maintenance of the naval submarine fleet in the Pacific; acted as the Director of Administration for the President’s Office of Management and Budget, responsible for the day to day management of a staff of 570 analysts; and served as one of the first staffers on the newly formed House District Committee in the early 1970s, writing portions of the law that returned home rule to the citizens of Washington DC.
Smith graduated from Maxwell in 1970, shortly after the Kent State shootings and campus riots across the United States. At the same time, Maxwell professors like Guthrie Birkhead and Alan Campbell were inspiring students to change the dynamic between those who govern and the governed. The Maxwell School and PAIA department are proud to honor Smith for striving in her career to do just that.