Retired Army Major General Tammy Smith served in the Army for 35 years. In her final role, she was Military Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) at the Pentagon where she designed and implemented Army-wide policy and provided oversight for the Army Quality of Life portfolio.
In 2012, shortly after the repeal of Don’t Ask/Don’t tell (DADT), Major General Smith was promoted to Brigadier General, gaining visibility as the US military’s first openly LGBTQ+ General/Flag officer. MG Smith was awarded the Secretary of the Army Diversity in Leadership award for her contributions to Army inclusion efforts.
During her military career and after, Smith’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board activities have focused on workplace inclusion and opportunity for LGBTQ+, military veterans and women, including: VetVoice Foundation; the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), in Washington DC; Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, San Francisco, Calif.; Army Diversity Council; and the External Inclusion Advisory Council, Deloitte, in New York City.
Smith holds a Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Lincoln University, Jefferson, Missouri.