Kristopher Smith Miami

Sustainable Growth-focused Miami Community Leader

About Kristopher Smith Miami

Based in Miami for more than a decade, Kristopher Smith focuses on urban revitalization efforts. As the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities’ director of leadership development, Kristopher Smith works closely with a diversity of shareholders in the grant-making process for older industrial cities. He and his Miami colleagues have taken more than 50 funders and grant-makers through a Smart Growth curriculum that emphasizes effective ways of fostering equality and social justice in America’s mixed-income neighborhoods.

Mr. Smith’s background in his field includes a master’s degree in public administration from Nova Southeastern University. After completing his graduate work, he pursued a University of Miami School fellowship within the Knight Program in Community Building. As part of his fellowship work, he undertook extensive research in the area of urban revitalization strategies that do not cause significant displacement of existing residents.

In 2008, as senior program officer with the nonprofit advocacy group South Florida Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Kristopher Smith led successful efforts to prevent the uprooting of residents of Overtown's Town Park Village. Against a backdrop of major downtown expansion, South Florida LISC struck a deal with the U.S. Housing and Urban Development that enabled conversion of the 147-unit property into an affordable living co-op.

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