Gregory D. Smith, JD, CRADC, MARS
Greg Smith was appointed the Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition of Recovery Support Providers (MCRSP) on December 16, 2019. MCRSP represents more than 85 faith, peer and and community-based recovery support providers around the State of Missouri. As part of his duties, Greg oversees the accreditation of recovery – or sober living – homes across the state and serves as an advocate before government agencies, elected officials and the media for people in recovery. The member organizations of MCRSP help people recovering from alcohol and substance used disorders on the frontlines.
Prior to joining MCRSP, Greg was the Chief Operating Officer of Healing House, Inc., which provides housing to nearly 200 men, women and their families in 15 recovery homes and apartment buildings in northeast Kansas City, MO. Healing House also operates a $3.5 million recovery community center that provides wrap-around recovery services to its residents and the public. Prior to this, he served nearly 9 years as the director of development at Mission Gate Prison Ministry, where he was also program director of Fort Good Shepherd Ranch in Cuba, Mo. -- a 57-bed residential aftercare program for former addicts and men transitioning from prison to being productive members of society.
Greg served nearly three years (August 2008 to February 2011) as the director of public affairs for Adult and Teen Challenge of St. Louis, a Christ-centered discipleship program for adult men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. While there, Greg’s primary focus included securing and managing government and private grants to fund Adult and Teen Challenge’s recovery program, in addition to teaching classes and Bible studies, and helping students mature in their Christian walk.
Prior to joining Adult and Teen Challenge of St. Louis, Greg spent 16 years working in law, politics, policy and government in Washington, D.C. During this time, he received extensive experience in lobbying, managing government grants, fundraising, contract compliance and non-profit corporate management.
Greg is a 1995 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and management, summa cum laude, in 1991 from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. During his college years, Greg was a Presidential Scholar and active in politics, student government, and campus religious organizations. He spent the fall semester of his senior year as a visiting student at American University’s Washington Semester program in American Politics in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and the D.C. Bar Association. He is licensed to practice law in Maryland, the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Greg is a native of Brainerd, Minnesota and currently resides in Jefferson City, Missouri. Greg is a certified reciprocal alcohol and drug counselor (CRADC) in Missouri and has completed coursework toward a master’s degree in social work (MSW) through the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). He also currently serves as a member of the state advisory council for the division of behavioral health in Missouri, and is a previous board member of the Missouri Recovery Network and chaired the advocacy task force of the MCRSP. Greg is also a person in long-term recovery and dedicated his life to the calling of helping others battling with addiction, after going through his own battles with drugs and alcohol and committing his life to Christ. Greg does not view his position with MCRSP as a job – he views it as a mission in life.