Vernon Smith

Senior Associate – Justice

Vernon Smith is the Senior Associate for Justice in the County Innovations Lab. In this role, he will provide counties with educational programming on a range of issues addressing local corrections systems with the goal of helping counties more effectively and efficiently use public dollars.

Prior to joining NACo, Vernon supported program management as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid office. He also has experience as a social worker at Year Up and a researcher at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Vernon holds a master’s degree in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s in Sociology from Northwestern University.

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About NACo

The National Association of Counties (NACo) strengthens America’s counties, serving nearly 40,000 county elected officials and 3.6 million county employees.  Founded in 1935, NACo unites county officials to:

  • Advocate county priorities in federal policymaking
  • Promote exemplary county policies and practices
  • Nurture leadership skills and expand knowledge networks
  • Optimize county and taxpayer resources and cost savings, and
  • Enrich the public’s understanding of county government.


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