Amy Smith Budget

Public Policy Advisor
Squire Patton Boggs

Bachelor of Arts (AB) in Political Science & Spanish

  • Provide policy guidance to and advocate on behalf of universities and colleges, hospital systems, and other public and non-profit organizations, with a focus on identifying and creating federal funding opportunities for clients.
  • Responsible for developing comprehensive strategic plans to raise clients’ national profile and counseling clients on potential impact of federal policies (regulatory and legislative).
  • Regularly monitor policies and news relating to and impacting the education community, public sector, and technology industry, and reporting on developments in real-time to clients, in addition to a firm newsletter published weekly and for special editions.
  • Draft testimony, legislative language (including appropriations), regulatory comments, nomination letters, and issue documents.
  • AB, The University of Georgia 1999 Political Science & Spanish
  • MA, University of Colorado 2003 Public Policy (Political Science)
Pre-Occupation (Hobbies)

Running, hiking, reading, traveling, spending time with my family.

Most Memorable SPIA Class Moment?

My most memorable SPIA class moment is graduation day on May 8, 1999. There was a lovely graduation reception for the Political Science Department outside of Baldwin Hall. I was trying to determine to which graduate schools to apply, and my advisor/professor, Dr. Arnold Fleischmann, was trying to convince me (and my parents) to go to the University of Texas at Austin. Instead, I opted for the University of Colorado at Boulder (his second choice).

My Top Three Career Tips
  1. Travel – within the US and abroad. It doesn’t matter where, but it will expand your vision of the world regardless of your background.
  2. Be flexible. Don’t be afraid to let life and your dreams take you in a different direction than you had envisioned.
  3. Be kind. I cannot stress this enough – kindness to those ahead of you and coming up behind you is not only the greatest reward but will pay off many times over.
Volunteer Activities / Service on Boards
  • Running Start (2009-present)
    Washington, DC  Serve as an Advisory Council Member to help educate and inspire young women to become involved in politics and run for office.
  • DC Vote (2008 – present)
    Washington, DC  Serve as pro bono lobbying counsel to advance increased democracy and voting rights for District of Columbia residents.
  • Colorado Women’s Health Care Coalition (2000-2007)
    Denver, CO  Served as an Executive Committee member to increase awareness and education of health care issues for all Colorado women and to support projects aimed at improving their health.
  • Rocky Mountain Riveters (2004-2007)
    Denver, CO  Served as Member of the Board and Chair of the Membership Committee for an organization encouraging young women to participate in the political process.
Favorite Athens Haunt & Getaway
  • Stanford Stadium. I have such great memories of the games, of course, and it was almost directly behind my Freshman dorm.
  • Favorite Getaway: Savannah, GA and Atlanta, GA
Recent Honors / Awards

2005 NCSL National Legislative Program Evaluation Society Impact Award

A Quotable Quote About My Spia Experience

SPIA is a wonderful opportunity to stay connected to the best alma mater in the world!