Daisy L. Alford-Smith, Ph.D

Dr. Daisy L. Alford-Smith is a health care executive with strong fiscal, administrative and strategic management expertise. She is adept in interfacing with national, state and local senior policy-makers and cabinet-level officials, as well as government officials, political strategists, business, and community representatives.  Dr. Alford-Smith has been recognized for her outstanding accomplishments in the health and human services arena locally, nationally, and internationally.                                                                                            Dr. Alford-Smith is a visionary who has innovatively addressed the needs of the public, positively influenced health and social policy and implemented tactical plans that have a far-reaching, positive impact on the health and well-being of individuals.  Dr. Alford-Smith is a champion for the underprivileged, using her background in health care and public policy-making to help people worldwide.

Her impressive career in a variety of executive level positions has left a legacy of strong leadership and meaningful impact on the lives of many. Prior to her retirement in 2012, Dr. Daisy Alford-Smith successfully spearheaded the merger of five Girl Scout Councils in North East Ohio into one.  Her previous positions include Chief Operating Officer with the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools, Director of the Summit County Department of Jobs and Family Services, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Urban & Minority Health at Case Western Reserve University where she also taught at the University of Zimbabwe in Africa; Director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Deputy Director for the Ohio Department of Human Services. Dr. Alford-Smith has served as a health consultant to the South African government and to the country of Slovakia and has been a keynote speaker in Thailand and Korea.