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C. Mark Smith

C. Mark Smith

A native of Tacoma, Washington, C. Mark Smith spent forty years managing economic development organizations at the local, state, and federal level. He is a Fellow Member and Honorary Life Member of the International Economic Development Council and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington Governor Gary Locke in 2004.

Smith’s other interests revolve around history, politics, and community service. A self-proclaimed “political junkie,” he is an avid observer of the national political scene.

In 2011 he published his first book, Raising Cain, a biography of former Washington Senator Harry P. Cain. His second book, Community Godfather: How Sam Volpentest shaped the history of Hanford and the Tri-Cities, was published in 2013. In The Wake of Lewis and Clark, was published in 2015 by the American Queen Steamship Company. His fourth book, a biography of former Fourth District Congressman Doc Hastings, titled Congressman Doc Hastings: Twenty Years of Turmoil, will be released in February 2018.

Smith is a 1961 graduate of the University of Puget Sound with degrees in history and political science. He is a former member of the UPS Board of Trustees in the mid-1980s, and was awarded the UPS Alumni Association’s Lifetime Professional Achievement Award in 2012.

He and his wife, Elsa, live in Richland, Washington.


• Mark Smith Given Lifetime Achievement Award by UPS Alumni Association (.pdf)
• Washington State Historical Society Gives John McClelland Award to C. Mark Smith (.pdf)