Meet Our Fellows

PlacementRep. Ritchie Torres

Fellowship Presented By

Gabriel Smith

Health Fellow

Gabriel Smith serves as a Health Policy Fellow with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Previously, Smith worked with the National Community Action Partnership (NCAP) where he managed the execution of Community Services Block Grants designed to improve the national Community Action Network’s capacity to apply intersectional lenses to the causes of poverty in their respective communities. Topics explored under the community grant include:  Health Intersections with Poverty, Homelessness Prevention, Trauma Informed Approaches, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Social Determinants of Health. Prior to his time at NCAP, Smith worked with Learning for Justice at the Southern Poverty Law Center. In that role, Smith led the curation and dissemination of K-12 classroom resources for a national audience of educators. Smith also provided editorial, research, and historical content expertise for the Teaching Hard History: American Slavery podcast. Prior to that, Smith worked as a Field Organizer with the Florida Democratic Party in Tampa, Florida. In that role, he helped empower volunteer teams to maximize voter turnout in several key voting precincts in East Tampa during the 2016 election cycle. 

Smith obtained a Bachelor of Science in History at Tuskegee University and his Master of Arts in History from Auburn University. Smith’s research examined racial gerrymandering, regional shifts from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Power Politics, and the long-term economic legacies of civil rights challenges in cities across the south. Between undergraduate and graduate study, Smith interned in the office of Congresswoman Terri Sewell (AL-07) through the CBCF Congressional Internship Program.