Patricia A. Smith most recently was appointed as the Executive Director of Solomon’s Temple and is an effective, outcomes-driven leader with a passion for making a difference in the lives of people living in poverty. Patricia brings skills easily to be leveraged such as an existing knowledge of the homeless continuum in Atlanta as well as valuable relationships with funding organizations and community stakeholders. She has worked to change the lives of low income, rural youth by developing and using the PHD (Positive Human Development) program starting as a summer mentoring program developing into a year round mentoring program in its continued 23 year existence.
Patricia brings to her role more than 22 years of experience in both the private and public sectors, focused on the creation of housing, services programs, and economic opportunities for disadvantaged communities and households. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of Zaban Couples Center leading the organization to a renowned professional organization providing effective programs and services with stellar outcomes for homeless couples to maintain and remain stably housed.
Prior to joining Solomon’s Temple in April 2015, Patricia worked as a consultant to churches and non- profit organizations across the country. In her roles and through her work in previous positions, Patricia has worked with many different communities across the country and brings a unique perspective regarding how effective programs and services can support and drive change in the lives of at risk populations. Patricia brings a no-nonsense approach to her work. Her belief is that God has given everyone the power to change their own lives. She is a tough yet compassionate leader and a visionary that brings a “can-do-it spirit.” Patricia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio.