CPI is led by Senator Jim DeMint, who has spent his career serving in and building up the modern conservative movement. He and his team of veteran staff have over 50 years of combined Capitol Hill experience, and a shared mission of helping conservatives of all stripes become successful.

Meet Our Staff

Robby Stephany Smith

Smith joins the Conservative Partnership Institute with four years of Capitol Hill experience in both the House and Senate, serving most recently as the Military Legislative Assistant to Senator Mike Lee (R-UT). Smith staffed Lee during his tenure on the Senate Armed Services Committee, fighting the Obama administration’s discredited “force of the future” policy initiative and helped provide oversight of the Syria “train and equip” program that had numerous shortcomings, was halted, and eventually revised.

While with Senator Lee, Smith also paved the way for reforms of U.S. funding for multilateral organizations such as the Organization of American States, rolling back contributions by taxpayers for the U.S. Government to be compliant with statute and also working across the board to prevent abuses of U.S. funding for the promotion of activities that undermine nation states’ sovereignty. Smith also led the Republican side of the Yemen War Powers Resolution initiative, pushing for a vote on the removal of U.S. Armed Forces from engagement in unauthorized military activities with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, garnering a close vote of 55-44 on S.J.Res.54.

A native of College Station, Texas, Smith is a proud third generation Texas A&M Aggie, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public service and administration from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service. Smith serves on the board of the Bush School Former Student Network, and was a 2016 Presidential Management Fellowship finalist.

Some of Smith’s favorite experiences in life have been studying and traveling abroad for work, understanding the U.S. presence and role in the global context, studying at such places as the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and visiting the Kingdom of Bahrain. Smith lives in the Navy Yard neighborhood of southeast Washington, D.C., with one of her dearest pals, embracing rooftop yoga and proximity to her church community.