JENNIFER SMITH, ACTING Secretary
Jennifer (Jen) Smith has most recently served the citizens of Pennsylvania as the Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP).
Following her college graduation in 2004, she accepted a position in Pennsylvania’s Office of the Budget as an accountant where she focused primarily on monitoring accounts receivables, processing loan payments, reconciling accounts for the Public Utility Commission and the Pennsylvania State Police.
Through 2009, she continued to work in various accountant positions in the Office of the Budget, serving as the co-lead on an effort to train hundreds of employees throughout the state on a new process for recording revenue. She also worked on an 18-month initiative to restructure and redesign business processes for Comptroller Operations, which is the largest office within OB. During this project, Jen served as the Communications, Change Management and Training Lead, and played a key role as the liaison between OB and all other agencies as it related to the changes being implemented. In the summer of 2009, she took over the role of Project Manager to oversee the final phases of implementation.
In 2009, Smith became the Director for Strategic Planning and Communications within the Office of the Budget. Three years later she was promoted to the Bureau Director for Planning and Management. In November of 2015, Smith accepted the position of Deputy Secretary for the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.
She currently resides in Jonestown with her husband of 14 years, their four children and two dogs. In addition to spending time with her family, she enjoys participating as an active member of the Annville Church of the Brethren.