Storm Smith is a producer at BBDO Los Angeles - with the lead of Diversity Inclusion and Accessibility function within the production unit for AT&T. She’s also the first Deaf woman to have been recruited by BBDO through the agency’s Creative Residency program. She continues in roles of creative director for collaborative projects, motivational speakers on larger scale events, and a thought leader for change in the creative and advertising industry.
Storm joined BBDO Worldwide in 2017 as an art director. Her storytelling work immediately helped shine a positive light on critical societal issues such as people with disabilities, gender equality and people of color. For example, she worked on the “It’s Time to Redefine” campaign as part of International Women’s Day, which sought to change the online dictionary definition of woman.
She’s also worked closely with the Ford Foundation on Roadmap for Inclusion report and thought leaders in the industry to push for greater change in the representation of diversity and disability in the media. Collaborations have included working with Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, Tony Award nominee and Marvel’s Eternal’s actress Lauren Ridloff for the Deaf non-profit organization and Harlem Globetrotter Crissa Jackson on behalf of her advocacy for young girls in sports, and Gallaudet University's first-time ever music video campaign: “We Belong” and more. Storm have served her role at Deaf Film Camp to support the diverse Deaf youth and teach an effective storytelling in post-production. She appointed as an advisor for Crip Camp x Adobe Fellowship program (follow by the Impact campaign for Award-winning Netflix Documentary and Obamas’ Higher Ground production company's Crip Camp).
Storm’s tireless efforts to promote diversity, accessibility and inclusion have earned her a prestigious award from the City of Los Angeles, as well as numerous major publications featured in PopSugar, Los Angeles Times, Billboard, Muse by CLIO, Campaign, TV Guide, Adweek, AdAge and more.
The best thing about my creative profession?
"To be able to create a visual story that has the power to influence and impact an individual, community, nation, and the world. We all have a story to tell, and it deserves to be shared."