Lieutenant Colonel Mariah Smith is an Army officer currently serving as the legislative liaison between the House and Senate Armed Services Committees and US Central Command. For the past two years, she has been actively involved in the DOD legislative proposal process to support the increase of Special Immigrant Visas in the National Defense Authorization Act.
A military police officer and graduate of the FBI National Academy, she has worked in the legislative and policy realm for ten years. She was a Congressional Fellow for now retired Rep. Steve Israel during his time on the House Appropriations Committee. Prior to her current position, she was a liaison between the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Financial Management and Comptroller. She has deployed to Afghanistan three times: as a company commander in the 82nd Airborne Division to Khost Province, as a legislative liaison for NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in Kabul, and as a Criminal Investigation Division battalion executive officer.
She also served in Iraq as a platoon leader during the initial invasion in 2003. Mariah received her B.A from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. in Security Management from Webster University. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations as well as part of the National Security Network for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. In her free time, she is an active volunteer with the USO, the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, and Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veterans. She also writes for Search & Employ magazine on the process of transitioning from the military to the civilian sector.