Princella Smith is an American political strategist, humanitarian, and media personality.
She has been involved in the political arena since the age of 17 when she was elected as the Arkansas Girls State Governor and served as a summer intern and speechwriter for then Arkansas Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller. She began public speaking at the age of 4.
Princella has been a Director of Communications on Capitol Hill, the National Spokesperson for Newt Gingrich’s American Solutions policy organization, and a consultant for the Van Scoyoc & Associates government affairs firm in Washington, DC.
She has experience advising and working for numerous campaigns and candidates and has been a frequent lecturer both independently and for organizations such as The Leadership Institute founded by Morton Blackwell.
Princella is a regularly featured guest on several national and local cable news and radio shows including FOX News, MSNBC, CNN, XM Satellite Radio, and KARN. She has been published and or featured in several publications including USA Today, The Daily Caller, The NY Times, and Politico among several others.
She has held additional titles such as Visiting Fellow for the Independent Women’s Forum, International Delegate for the American Council of Young Political Leaders (Turkey, 2010), and currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Republican Women’s Federal Forum.
Princella was propelled into the national spotlight in 2004 when she won MTV’s “Stand Up and Holla” speech contest sponsored by the Republican National Committee. Smith spoke primetime at the Republican National Convention in New York, New York on the same night as then First Lady Laura Bush. She also served as the official greeter at Air Force One for the President, First Lady, and then National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice.
Princella has worked with or been associated with such national leaders as former RNC Chairman, Ed Gillespie and his wife, Cathy Gillespie; Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich; Senator John Boozman; former Lt. Governor Win Rockefeller; former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, political strategist, Mary Matalin; and former RWFF Chairman, Martha-Ann Alito among others.
In 2010, she ran for Congress and was defeated in the Republican primary but received several prominent endorsements including ones from the Arkansas’ largest newspaper, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, and from the Susan B. Anthony List, one of America’s most prominent pro-life groups.
In 2011, she attained a Foreign Expert License from the People’s Republic of China for oral English education and was an Instructor of English at the Changsha Joy Enterprise in Hunan, China. She has also lectured at the Hunan International University in Changsha, China.
That same year, she was named a Young Ambassador for the Save a Child’s Heart organization in Holon, Israel. Save A Child’s Heart is an organization that provides free open heart surgeries to underprivileged children around the world. Normal child activities that involve running and jumping are too strenuous for the Save A Child’s Heart patients. As a result, Princella created the “Crayons for Christmas” initiative to provide arts and crafts for children at the Save A Child’s Heart headquarters for less strenuous activity as they await surgery.
Princella is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and the Buckley School of Public Speaking in Camden, South Carolina.
In 2013, she completed the Lauder School of Government’s graduate program in Herzliya, Israel for a Master’s Degree in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security with a concentration in cyber-terrorism. The Lauder School of Government is a part of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC).
While at the IDC, Princella was a member of the IDC women’s basketball program with whom she received a gold medal for winning the ASA Basketball Championship. She also served as an organizer for the school’s World Summit on Counter-terrorism and as a columnist for the Israel Hayom Newspaper in Tel-Aviv.
After returning home, Princella received a Coin of Excellence from Major William Wofford, the Adjutant General of the Arkansas National Guard.
She now serves as the host of “Engage the Nation” on KARN News Radio 102.9FM and as the host of “The Silver Trumpet” on KJBN Gospel Radio. Both radio programs broadcast out of Little Rock, Arkansas.