Kristy Smith is the communications advisor for the International Law Research Program at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), where she specializes in strategic communications, public relations and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining CIGI, Kristy worked as a communications and marketing specialist for NSF International, a global public health organization. There, she liaised with government, industry experts and internal staff to communicate changing policies and facilitate knowledge exchange in the areas of sustainability, health sciences and global food supply chains. She has also worked as a digital marketing specialist for the technology start-up, ClevrU, and has taken on a number of freelance projects in the scope of writing, editing and design. An active member in the Waterloo Region community, Kristy served a two-year term as the elected vice chair of the Arts & Culture Committee for the City of Kitchener. She holds an honours bachelor of arts from Western University and a post-graduate certificate in corporate communications and public relations from Fanshawe College.