Mel Smith was born in Kingston, Jamaica, and left when he was 4 to come to Ossining, New York. After college he moved to Munich, Germany for three years and then back to the United States. He currently lives in Northern Virginia outside of Washington D.C.
Mel has a B.A. in Media Ecology from New York University. He currently works as an Account Executive at Paxton University. He has over 20 years of experience in the Corporate Relocation sector, both internationally and domestically. His works takes him around the world. Other notable achievements include serving as Chairman for the Standards Committee for the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA), supporting standards of code of conduct in the developing world so that signatories uphold ethical standards in post-stabalization/post-conflict environments. He also served as the Program Director for the Greater Washington Employee Relocation Council (ERC) from 2003-2005 and is an Alumnus of the American Council on Germany's Young Leaders Program.
Mel is an Afro-Caribbean American parent with his Bohemian German wife of of a third culture kid (TCK). He enjoys yoga, judo, foreign languages and travel.
Mel joined the FIGT Board in October 2015.