Samantha Smithingell is the management analyst 5 in the Community Services Division Economic Services Administration of the Department of Social and Health Services. Previously she served as an executive board member with the Governor’s Interagency Committee of State Employed Women (ICSEW). Established in 1963 in response to President Kennedy’s National Commission on the Status of Women, ICSEW advises the Governor on policies and practices that affect state-employed women. Smithingell has served on the non-appropriated commission’s executive board since her July 2009 appointment by Governor Chris Gregoire. She managed the commission’s public outreach, finance and charitable activities.
Smithingell has a varied career in public service and currently provides executive level administrative operations support to the Economic Services Administration’s Chief Operating Officer within the state Department of Social and Health Services. She spent four years with the Office of Financial Management in Governor’s Special Projects as a member of the WorkFirst Performance Team providing statewide budget and policy oversight and coordination of the state’s unique, six-agency Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) service delivery system. Smithingell was responsible for data reporting, local funding, communication, training and partnership development tasks. She additionally supported the Health, Human Services and Corrections budget team and briefly served as key support to the Director’s Office and Budget Divisions prior to joining the Department of Fish and Wildlife where she provided expert management consultation as a central budget analyst.
As a young, public service oriented woman working to balance self, family and career, Smithingell is thrilled to be working toward equality on behalf of Washington women, girls and families. She participated in Washington’s Running Start program which allowed dual-enrollment in community college courses while in high school and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Eastern Washington University.