Asha Smith. Photo courtesy AA County Government.

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman has announced the hiring of Asha Smith as the county’s new equal opportunity and human relations officer. Smith is an attorney and human resources professional, with compliance experience in federal, state and local equal employment opportunity and disability laws. Her experience includes developing and implementing policy, investigating and resolving internal complaints, facilitating staff training, and providing advice to senior personnel.

Most recently, Smith was the senior manager of Equal Employment Opportunity and American Disabilities Act Compliance at Anne Arundel County Public Schools, where she managed discrimination and harassment concerns, reasonable accommodations and medical leaves such as the Family Medical Leave Act, for more than 10,000 employees. She led the school system’s COVID-related leave and accommodation efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.