AVERELL “ACE” SMITH is a 30-year veteran of state and national politics and has directed winning campaigns from district attorney to president. In 2005, Ace directed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s underdog campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles, marking the first time since the 1930’s that an LA Mayor had been defeated after a single term. In 2006, he ran Jerry Brown’s campaign for California Attorney General and during the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary, served as State Director for Senator Hillary Clinton’s campaigns in California, Texas and North Carolina. In 2010, Ace was instrumental in this historic election of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris as California Attorney General and US Senator.
The subject of several newspaper profiles, Ace has been called “legendary” by the New York Times and political campaign manager “heavyweight champion of the year” in the San Francisco Chronicle. Ace was born and raised in San Francisco and today lives in Kentfield, CA with his wife Laura. He earned his BA in English Literature from UC Berkeley.