Attorneys and Professional Staff

JoAnn M. Smith

Senior Advisor

JoAnn M. Smith is a government and media relations expert with decades of state legislative victories for nonprofit groups, including recent wins for autism services, home visiting nursing services for young women, and family planning advocacy organizations. Before joining The Law Office of Sandra Rivera in 2016, Ms. Smith represented numerous clients, the majority nonprofits, at another top New York State law firm.

Ms. Smith led a reproductive rights advocacy group for 13 years, expanding its scope, funding, and influence throughout New York while increasing access to family planning services statewide with Medicaid waivers and funding increases.

Ms. Smith also oversaw nearly a dozen state agencies as Deputy Secretary for Human Services under Governor Mario Cuomo. Ms. Smith brings extensive experience and knowledge of both legislative and executive dynamics along with a proven track record of landmark legislation focused on strengthening communities, increasing healthcare access and insurance coverage, and protecting women and families.

  • 2003-2005 Planned Parenthood Action Fund Board, President 2004-2005
  • 2006-2010 Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States, (SIECUS),
    • Board President 2004-2005
  • 2014-present Empire Justice Center, Vice President
  • 2015-present Senior Services of Albany

BA, LeMoyne College

JoAnn M. Smith


Albany, New York Office
(518) 533-2884

Areas of Practice

Government Relations