Biography of Chief Negotiator Jill Smail
U.S. Department of State
Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs
Jill Smail joined the Office of Canadian Affairs as the U.S. Columbia River Treaty Negotiator in October 2017. From July 2009-September 2017, she served as the Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Environment, Science, Technology, and Health, with a focus on Middle East water negotiations and programs. She worked with Middle East negotiating teams on water issues related to a final status agreement and managed programs to facilitate greater cooperation among the parties in watershed management, research, desalination, infrastructure development, and agriculture.
Ms. Smail’s previous assignments at the Department of State include serving on a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan and negotiating small arms and light weapons destruction projects in post-conflict regions in Southeast Europe, Africa, and Asia. She joined the Department in 2001.
Ms. Smail is a native of Groesbeck, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Master of Science in Government and Public Service from Texas A&M University. She also earned a Master of Science in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University.