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Charles L. Smith III

Board Member, SDDC
Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Comcast

Charles L. Smith is an accomplished government and public affairs professional. Mr. Smith currently is employed by Comcast, the nation’s largest cable television and Internet provider as Senior Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs. At Comcast, Mr. Smith is responsible for franchise relations and community affairs in 82 northern New Jersey municipalities.

Mr. Smith previously served as director of public affairs for Black Enterprise Magazine where he functioned as chief strategist on matters of public and corporate relations. He was also responsible for media relations and special events, and he directed major publicity campaigns for the magazine’s special issues including the annual “B.E. 100’s” issues.

Mr. Smith is a board member of the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce, and is member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League of Union County. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Union County. Mr. Smith is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Montclair Neighborhood Development Corporation. He also served on the Mountainside Hospital Community Benefits Committee that oversees charitable contributions to community-based programs.

Mr. Smith is a former councilman in the Township of Montclair. He was elected to the Council in May 1996 and was re-elected to a second four-year term in May 2000. His commitment to preserving and improving the quality of life in Montclair and his leadership on the Township Council influenced Montclair’s progressive growth during his tenure. He served as Deputy Mayor in 1998 and was the council liaison to the Montclair Civil Rights Commission, the Montclair Economic Development Corporation, the Montclair Center Business Improvement District, the Montclair Senior Citizen’s Advisory Committee, and co-chaired the Montclair Connection Negotiating Committee that settled a decades-old train line controversy with New Jersey Transit. He also served on the Montclair Board of School Estimate and was the Township Council representative to the Essex County Community Development Block Grant program.

Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Media Arts from Hampton University in 1974.

Mr. Smith is a lifelong resident of Montclair where he resides with his wife, Quinta. Their son, Justin, resides in Atlanta, Georgia.