Quincey Smith, BA Communication ’11, is an expert in leading marketing campaigns aimed at shifting policies and changing public narratives. He is currently a senior vice president with the New York hub of communications firm BerlinRosen and is the youngest member of their leadership team. He was recently named one of Observer’s “Rising Stars” in the public relations industry for his work in mobilizing individuals around the Muslim ban and the migration-related family separation crisis. Smith’s career has also been shaped by his work with political campaigns, especially Wendy Davis’s Texas gubernatorial bid and former president Obama’s reelection campaign.
Smith has been dedicated to service and engagement since he was a student at Mason. He was captain of the Forensics Team and part of the Mason Ambassadors, the group of students well known for their spirited and informative campus tours. Smith also left a legacy for the future when he founded Mason’s first LGBTQ-focused publication, OutLoud Magazine, which focuses on education and awareness for the LGBTQ and ally communities at the university.
He remains committed to working for equality and respect for all persons and urges everyone to be attuned to their values. “I’m a true believer that the truth will set you free,” Smith says. “By really grounding yourself in truth, you would be a better friend, a better coworker, a better partner, and overall better person.”
Smith currently lives in Brooklyn. In his free time, he loves taking care of his plants, practicing yoga, and searching for the best queso.
Published summer 2021