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Jacob Smith is a transportation specialist committed to eliminating preventable deaths on the road. While knowledgeable about a broad range of driving-related topics, he focuses on two of the most dangerous causes of injuries: distracted and impaired driving. He also provides significant support to other NSC transportation initiatives, including teen driving safety, automotive safety technology and occupant protection.
As a car crash survivor, Jacob has given hundreds of presentations and organized panels to share his personal story and address emerging issues such as distracted driving, teen driving and vulnerable road user (cyclist, pedestrian, etc.) safety.
Prior to joining NSC, Jacob served as a national leader for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America where he was instrumental in forming strategic partnerships. Additionally, Jacob led his own transportation advocacy consulting, creating effective programs and projects to mobilize target audiences and key opinion leaders to prioritize global road safety. Jacob was named one of the “6 Unsung Heroes of Highway Safety” by Ford Driving Skills for Life and the Ford Fund.
Jacob also contributes his expertise globally as the North American representative for Youth for Road Safety (YOURS), an organization founded at the United Nations World Youth Assembly for Road Safety in 2007.
Originally from Whitehouse, TX, Jacob graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Denver, Colorado with a degree in Business Administration and minor in Media & Communication Studies. He is based in Washington, D.C.
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