Ms. Barbara Smithis the principal and founder of Mountain Time Development, a consulting practice advancing best practices in international development, foreign policy and national security. Barbara also advises for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a Senior Associate (Non-Resident). She has completed both field work and remote interview-based research, producing several recently published studies on closing space for civil society.
Barbara serves as an Affiliate Faculty member at Regis University in Denver, and a Practitioner-in-Residence/Adjunct Faculty at Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver.
Previously, Barbara served as a Director at the National Security Council for Afghanistan and Pakistan in the White House and has held a number of positions with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including a senior executive service appointment as Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning, and Learning. She has also held senior positions with various organizations outside of government, including as Spokesperson for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as Deputy Country Representative and Senior Director for the Asia Foundation.
Barbara received a B.A. in government from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. in political science from Texas State University.