Dr. Cynthia Smith, Director of Medicine
Dr. Smith has served as the Executive Director for the National Marine Mammal Foundation (NMMF) since 2010 and as Director of Medicine since 2009. In her role as Executive Director, Smith provides leadership to the NMMF team, guides nonprofit development, and oversees scientific advancement. Her vision for the NMMF is to grow the organization into a world-renowned national marine mammal center that strives to continuously advance medicine and science, enhance marine mammal conservation efforts, and provide humanitarian services. She leads a team of more than one hundred fifty staff, including veterinarians, scientists, behaviorists, technicians, and educators, all working toward a mission to protect the health and life of marine mammals, humans, and the oceans.
Dr. Smith obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts University, during which time she also completed a veterinary thesis in aquatic biomedicine through collaboration with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. She then completed an internship in aquatic animal medicine at the New England Aquarium, followed by a National Research Council fellowship in collaboration with the Navy Marine Mammal Program. She has also completed Executive Education coursework in nonprofit strategic management at the Harvard Business School and financial stewardship at the Harvard Kennedy School.