Smolansky holds a B.A in journalism and M.A in political science. He is also a Global Competitiveness Leadership Program alumni of Georgetown University and was awarded in 2015 “Outstanding Young Person of the World” by the Junior Chamber International. He co-founded and is currently Deputy Secretary General of Voluntad Popular, a democratic opposition political party ilegalized by Maduro’s regime.
Elected as the youngest mayor in Venezuela, he made security and transparency the priorities of the local administration. In 2017, the regime removed Smolansky from office and ordered his arrest after leading non violent protests against the dictatorship. He was forced to be in clandestinity until he fled the country through Brazil. Smolansky is based during his exile in Washington DC where he has been designated by Secretary General of the Organization of American States as the coordinator of the Working Group for Venezuelan migrants and refugees crisis in the region.
Living in exile, Smolansky has been advocating for the restoration of democracy and freedom in Venezuela and has become one of the main representative of the interim government foreign policy.