Marilyn Jean Smith is the Founder and Former Executive Director (1986-2011) of the Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services (ADWAS) in Seattle, Washington. She is considered the mother of the anti-violence movement in Deaf America. Her work has brought awards from President Clinton, the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World, Deaf Women United, and the National Network to End Domestic Violence to name a few. She received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2004 from her alma mater, Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C.
She currently serves on two national boards, is a mentor and consultant, and lectures throughout the United States and Canada.