Johnathan Smith

Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Johnathan Smith was appointed to serve as Deputy Secretary for Civil Rights by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in January 2019.  In this capacity, he serves as the principal advisor and policy maker to the Governor on civil rights matters.


Previously, Johnathan served in the Obama Administration as Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  He has also worked as the legal director at Muslim Advocates, a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and a litigation associate at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.   Johnathan started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. 

Johnathan has also served as a lecturer at the University of Michigan Law School. Johnathan is a graduate from Harvard College, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and NYU School of Law.

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