Jim Smith joined Baker Public Relations in January of 2018. His record of proven results rests on his extensive experience in journalism, marketing, public affairs, corporate and strategic communications, coupled with his deep commitment to building trust and reputation for clients.
Jim is a respected communicator who began his career as a writer and columnist for The Saratogian, eventually working as the business editor of The Record. His other previous positions have been for organizations including Albany Medical Center, Special Olympics New York, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and, most recently, serving as a VP at a full-service strategic communications and public affairs firm located in Albany, working with a broad range of high-profile clients, including those in the public protection, education, energy and business sectors.
Specifically, Jim served as a spokesman for the Independent Oil & Gas Association of New York for several years, serving on a team that raised public awareness regarding the many economic and environmental benefits of increased natural gas production in the Marcellus and Utica Shale formations. Jim also represented the TriCarb Consortium for Carbon Sequestration – a federally funded organization that was exploring the Newark Basin in New Jersey for its potential to capture and store atmospheric and industrially produced carbon dioxide. He was manager of communications for the New York Independent System Operator from 2004 to 2007.
Jim helps Baker Public Relations clients to establish greater credibility by positioning them as thought leaders before target audiences. He creates creative communications campaigns that help drive the needle forward, bringing ease to clients’ marketing and public relations concerns so they can focus more time on their respective practices. Jim’s in-house responsibilities include managing internal communications, day-to-day client work, staff development, business development initiatives and more.
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the State University of New York, Regents College and currently resides in East Greenbush.