Robby Stephany Smith is the National Security Advisor for Coalition for a Prosperous America. Robby helps to develop innovative and comprehensive strategies to achieve CPA member objectives that touch on national security issues, namely U.S. government interactions with the Chinese Government and PRC incorporated entities. She works on policy strategies to challenge a foundational element of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ability to govern and even exist: the unfettered access of Chinese companies to hundreds of billions of dollars or more attracted by selling and trading their securities (i.e., stocks and bonds) in our capital markets. Robby’s work further pushes back against Chinese companies’ ability to engage in trade with, and acquire strategic technology from, the U.S.
She was most recently a senior advisor for the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, coordinating on a variety of issues with the interagency out of the Washington, DC office and leading on malign influence issues in international organizations. Robby was formerly on Capitol Hill for five and a half years, serving in the House as legislative director and on the staff in the personal office of the former Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, as well as in the Senate as military legislative assistant for a U.S. Senator. She also staffed him while he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Robby also spent time working for an education focused nonprofit, assisting in training Hill staff in floor procedure.
Robby maintains a strong network on Capitol Hill and in the administration and closely monitors the ever-evolving political landscape in order to better advance CPA’s goal to establish a national trade, tax and economic strategy that protects U.S. national security interests.
Robby works with think tanks, activists, non-profits, and other influential organizations around Washington, DC and in the international community to develop, elevate, and implement policy that tackles the unfair and manipulative trade, business, development, and human rights policies put forward by the CCP that are a threat to American jobs and national security interests.
Robby holds a B.A. in political science with a focus in international relations from Texas A&M University, a Master’s of public service and administration from the George H.W. Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M, and is a current graduate student of strategic studies at the U.S. Naval War College. Robby’s work has focused on defense and foreign relations, targeting long-term U.S. power projection, defining interests, and leveraging tools of statecraft to improve outcomes for the U.S.