Dara Smith

Director, Assessor’s Operations
Los Angeles County Asian American Employee Association (LACAAEA)

Ms. Smith has been in public service for the County of Los Angeles for over 24 years, working her way through various audit, budget, employee relations, human resources, and operational positions. As Director, she oversees the Legal, Exemptions, Assessment, and Public Services (LEAPS) sub-department as well as Communications and Public Affairs.

Ms. Smith strives to make a positive impact through partnerships with business groups, community and labor organizations, municipal jurisdictions, and members of the public. She continues to advocate for improved transparency and expanded access to translation services in government communications to reach all of the diverse communities in Los Angeles County. Ms. Smith serves on the Los Angeles County Asian American Employees Association (LACAAEA) Executive Advisory Council.

Ms. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She also has an advanced certificate as a Property Tax Auditor-Appraiser issued by the California State Board of Equalization. Dara proudly celebrates the rich culture of her Chinese, Laotian and Thai heritage.


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