Chad Smith is a PhD candidate in Public Administration and Public Finance at American University. He is presently an Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and has 15 years experience as a healthcare administrator and 16 years of clinical healthcare experience. He has served in the U.S. Navy on active duty for 24 years. As a member of American University’s Center for Public Finance Research (CPFR) he has worked on numerous international projects. His current research interests are centered on public finance and the institutional factors that affect motivation and drive economic and racial sorting at the state and local levels. In addition to various professional memberships, he is a Fellow, of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Certified Project Management Professional.