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  Name:   Basil Anthony Smikle, Jr.
Month: May 2003
Schools: Cornell, 1993 B.S.
Columbia, 1996 MPP
Organization: Office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton
Title: Deputy State Director

Basil Anthony Smikle Jr. is currently the Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. He acts as The Senator's liaison to elected officials, labor leaders and community-based organizations throughout the State of New York. He is also instrumental in determining the policy and political strategy for the State and assists in the administration of seven regional offices across New York.

He traveled with the Senator during her campaign, managed her events from the field. He also joined the Senator's delegations to Vietnam and Israel for the White House during the Clinton Administration.

Among his current activities, Basil works on issues affecting the Labor community, Housing, Education, Immigration and Economic Development issues in the State.

From 1989 to 1993, Basil attended Cornell University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations, concentrating in Labor Law. During his undergraduate studies, Basil received a Community Service award from the University for his work at WVBR-FM, an Ithaca, New York radio station. Basil was both the station's producer and on-air personality bringing music, news and talk show programming to Upstate New York.

At the age of 22, Basil was a benefits manager at The National Benefit Fund, the support agency for over two hundred thousand Local 1199 members of the Service Employees International Union

In 1996, Basil graduated from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs with a Masters Degree in Public Policy, concentrating in Urban Development. He received the Columbia University Departmental Fellowship and the Public Affairs Research Fellowship, which allowed him to work on several important projects including:

  • Co-authoring a welfare-to-work program currently operating in the City of Indianapolis
  • A consulting project with the Philadelphia AIDS Consortium on AIDS/HIV care in the Philadelphia
    metropolitan area.

During his two years at Columbia, Basil worked at the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone as a Project Manager. The Empowerment Zone, then in its embryonic stage, is a federal community development program charged with forming public/private partnerships between the not-for-profit sector and business community. While there, he assisted the effort to determine Upper Manhattan's priorities in the areas of Health Care, Housing, Education and Economic Development.

Later, Basil went back to his home in The Bronx and worked as a Special Assistant to Bronx Borough President and former mayoral candidate Fernando Ferrer. He was actively involved in policy and decision-making on a variety of issues.

He has consulted on a number of campaigns in New York State and, most recently, to the Texas Democratic Party for the 2002 election cycle.

He is a member of 100 Black Men of New York, Inc., an Associate of the Community Service Society of New York, a board member of Young Athletes Inc. and sits on the Advisory boards of both Public Allies, Inc. and BELL Inc. - Building Educated Leaders for Life.



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