Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation

Chris Smith, Director of Policy, Communications, and Legislative Affairs

undefinedChris Smith joined DRPT in 2016 as the Director of Policy, Communications, and Legislative Affairs, responsible for executing the agency's external relations efforts to a variety of stakeholders in the public, private, non-profit, as well as all public relations and marketing. 

Prior to joining DRPT, he spent 8 years in Washington, D.C. with AASHTO, directing the association's freight and economic development programs, and contributing to the creation of the first federal transportation program for multimodal freight transportation, now known as INFRA. 

Chris began his career in advocacy and communications in his home state of Florida, serving first for the Florida Legislature while finishing his master's program at Florida State University, and then for the local Chamber of Commerce in his hometown of Tampa.  He resides in Midlothian with his wife Suzanne and children Grant and Greyson.


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