Tricia R. Smith

Ms. Smith founded Artsmith to help the youth who are usually silenced find and use their voices to be part of the conversation that will shape the future of the world they live in.

Tricia Smith has spent the last ten years working in New York City as a real estate professional. She specializes in operations management in the area of lending and community development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate, magna cum laude, from New York University. Prior to her tenure in real estate Ms. Smith held positions in organizations dedicated to empowering youth including the Police Athletic League where she was an Education Coordinator and the Yonkers HOPE/WAY Program, an offsite enterprise of Children’s Village, where she was responsible for the supervision of troubled teens in work readiness programs.

The world is before you and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in. - James Baldwin

Ms. Smith has served in a number of mentoring and leadership positions. For two years she was a mentor in the FOCUS Mentorship Program offered by New York University’s Center for Multicultural Education and Programs. FOCUS offers first generation college students and/or students of color support in their educational and personal pursuits. She was also Events Chairperson for the McGhee Alumni Committee, the governing body for alumni of NYU’s Paul McGhee Division. Ms. Smith was an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Urban Real Estate. As Vice President of Programming she was tasked with developing programming for the organization whose mission is to pursue diversity and inclusion within the commercial real estate and related industries while empowering emerging real estate professionals.

Artsmith is Ms. Smith’s brainchild. As an alumna of Prep for Prep, an organization renowned for developing leaders by providing access to superior educational and complementary opportunities, she realizes the impact youth from underprivileged backgrounds can have if given equal opportunities.


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