Jenifer Smith

Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS)

On July 17, 2015 Mayor Muriel Bowser named Dr. Jenifer Smith to lead Department of Forensic Sciences (DFS). Smith is a nationally recognized leader in forensic science, with experience working at the highest levels of the federal government. Dr. Smith’s background combines strong scientific knowledge of forensics, a background in law enforcement, and experience as an expert witness on forensic findings.

Dr. Jenifer Smith retired from the FBI after a 23-year career.  Dr. Smith oversaw DNA analysis at the FBI laboratory, where she implemented numerous methods and testified in hundreds of cases. Dr. Smith was a member of the US Government Senior Executive Service and supervised the Weapons of Mass Destruction Intelligence Analysis Section of the FBI. From 2002-2006, Dr. Smith led the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Biological Technology Center, and from 1995-2002 she served as the Unit Chief of the DNA Analysis Unit at the FBI Laboratory. Dr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Penn State University, and a PhD in Physiological Chemistry.