Laura Smith

Laura Smith

Ms. Smith is Vice President – General Counsel for Nashville Electric Service (NES), the eleventh-largest municipally-owned electric system in the United States.  A legal and management professional with over twenty-five years’ experience, Ms. Smith currently oversees NES’s internal and external legal matters, local, state and federal government relations, compliance, claims, strategic planning, business continuity planning, and community involvement activities.

Ms. Smith received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida and her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both the Nashville Bar Association and the Nashville Bar Foundation.  She  serve as president of the Nashville Bar Association for 2019.  In recognition of her leadership in her profession and in the community, she was named a Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow in 2010 and a Tennessee Bar Foundation Fellow in 2016.

Ms. Smith has a reputation as a seasoned nonprofit leader with diverse experience in communications, fundraising, governance and change management.  She has served as president or chair of a number of community organizations, including The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, FiftyForward (formerly Senior Citizens, Inc.), Cable, Big Brothers of Nashville, WIN and the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus.  She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Nonprofit Management and the Women’s Political Collaborative of Tennessee.

Ms. Smith served as president of the organization in 2007-2008.  During her tenure on the board, Cable’s role in the corporate board arena was a passion.  She first joined the board in 2001, when she took on chairmanship of the Women on Boards initiative.  Under her leadership, Cable undertook a state-wide study of gender diversity on corporate boards, the first of its kind in the state.  She was the inaugural chair of the Board Walk of Fame event and was in the inaugural class of the Corporate Board Academy as well.  She.  After leaving the board in 2009, she once again elevated her Cable involvement in 2014, serving as co-chair for the 25th Nashville ATHENA Awards in 2015 and as ATHENA chair in 2016.