Melanie George Smith, former Delaware representative and sustainability expert, was elected chairman of the board of directors for The World Trade Center Delaware.

During her 16-year legislative tenure, Smith co-chaired the Joint Finance Committee and chaired the House Judiciary Committee. She retired from the legislature and the practice of law and launched Sustainable World Strategies, where she advises Institutions of higher education, government agencies, businesses and nonprofits on the value of sustainability and developing a successful strategy around sustainability implementation and developing strategic plans to accomplish organizational goals through enhanced community and business relations.

Smith recently earned a certificate from Harvard University’s Executive Education Sustainability Leadership program. She speaks around the country at sustainability conferences, has been featured in sustainability magazine articles, delivers podcasts on sustainability and is regarded as a sustainability expert. She is also a trained Global Reporting Initiative reporter.

In addition to practicing law and coordinating the pro bono program at Richards Layton & Finger for nearly 20 years, Smith co-founded and for six years co-chaired the Delaware Kids Caucus, a group of legislators who advocate for children’s issues. She recently received awards from Junior Achievement of Delaware and Children and Families First. In 2012, she received the Commissioner’s Award from the U.S. Administration on Children, Youth and Families in recognition of her exceptional contribution to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. She was also honored as the Delaware Superior Court’s 2007 Legislator of the Year.

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