Kristopher Smith believes in holistic and morally driven redevelopment and master planning in communities with histories of decay and regression. Presently, Kristopher Smith encourages this approach as director of leadership development for Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and as a leadership support team member of the Miami organization’s Restoring Prosperity in Older Industrial Cities working group. The Miami resident joined Funders’ Network in 2008 after a successful career as a nonprofit executive and neighborhood services administrator.
Since joining Funders’ Network, Kristopher Smith has increased funder involvement by 20% through the development of strategic initiatives and the more efficient allocation of financial resources. He created and launched the nonprofit’s Federal Reserve Philanthropy initiative to strengthen philanthropic relationships between the organization and the Federal Reserve Bank and to increase the success of investments in Older Industrial Cities. Additionally, Mr. Smith runs Funders’ Network’s PLACES, a yearlong fellowship program centered on providing philanthropic leadership training.
Mr. Smith works as an independent contractor to charitable foundations outside of his work with Funders’ Network. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethune-Cookman University and a master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University. He also graduated from Harvard University’s NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program for Senior Executives.
Director of Leadership Development
Funder's Netowrk for Smart Growth and Livable Communities