National Psoriasis Foundation announces new director of advocacy and government relations

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 18, 2012)—Lois Smith joins the National Psoriasis Foundation management team as its new director of advocacy and government relations. In her role, she will oversee all federal, regional and state advocacy, government relations and policy initiatives for the organization.

Smith's background includes extensive experience in government affairs, policy, research and analysis, strategic planning and project/resource management. Prior to joining the Psoriasis Foundation, she was the managing director for the Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officials, responsible for operations, planning, finances, policy and programs.

Additionally, Smith spent 12 years with the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons), where she directed national, regional and state efforts for the Association’s legislative advocacy, community service and public education initiatives. Through her work with AARP, Lois recruited, trained and supervised more than 200 volunteers.

She has a bachelor's degree with a dual major in criminal justice and sociology from California State University.

About the National Psoriasis Foundation

Serving its community through more than 50 years of patient support, advocacy, research funding, and education, the National Psoriasis Foundation (NPF) is the world’s leading nonprofit fighting for individuals with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. The NPF mission is to drive efforts to cure psoriatic disease and dramatically improve the lives of more than 8 million Americans affected by this chronic immune-mediated disease. As part of that effort, NPF created its Patient Navigation Center to offer personalized assistance to everyone with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. To date, NPF has funded more than $21 million in research grants and fellowships that help drive discoveries that may lead to more and better treatments and ultimately a cure. Learn more at