The company brought its seminar to the District as part of the chamber’s Small Business Summit, a three-day conference that Facebook helped sponsor. Facebook is a member of the chamber.
The collaboration was very evident on Monday. As attendees furiously scrawled notes on how to build Facebook pages and purchase targeted advertisements, Smith touted the value of chamber membership.
Some HELP for Sheridan
Dan Smith, staff director of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, is leaving the Hill for K Street. But he isn’t joining the typical corporate lobby shop.
Smith, who previously ran the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network, will become a principal at the Sheridan Group in June. The 21-year-old firm represents nonprofit and public-interest organizations such as the cancer network, Bono’s ONE Campaign and the Children’s Aid Society.
“I’ve spent my entire career in public service working on social change,” Smith said. “So this for me was the perfect next step.”
Tom Sheridan, the shop’s founder, said Smith will fit in with the firm’s moniker: We help the good do better.
“Dan’s both the very consummate insider, but as important is his outsider experience. At the Cancer Action Network, he turned around a very dysfunctional organization to take on big tobacco. He’s kind of a giant slayer,” said Sheridan, who was director of policy at the AIDS Action Council before forming his group.
At HELP, Pam Smith will replace Dan Smith as staff director.