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Gayle Smith

Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and Director of the International Rights and Responsibilities Program and Energy Opportunity Program

Gayle served as special assistant to the president and senior director for African Affairs at the National Security Council from 1998-2001, and as senior advisor to the administrator and chief of staff of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 1994-1998. Smith was based in Africa for over 20 years as a journalist.