Carmen Smith

Carmen Smith

As the organization’s digital voice, Carmen crafts cross-sector messaging and campaigns using a racial equity lens for social change.
Carmen has led the digital strategy for projects at the World Bank Group including international finance forums across Europe and Africa. She’s led communications for a housing and community development association in initiatives focused on advocacy at the federal level. Her efforts resulted in the passage of the first significant housing legislation in more than a decade.

In addition, Carmen is an award-winning editor for several magazines: Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly and BELLE Magazine, all centered around economic development and women’s entrepreneurship. Carmen’s expertise in helping companies hone their digital voice in the social change space, stemmed from her experience as a lead graphic designer for national e-commerce brands Jackson and Perkins, Wayside Gardens and Park Seed.

Carmen holds a bachelor’s from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. and a master’s in the Journalism and Business dual program from the University of King’s College and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Carmen Smith

Contributing Articles

Just Say Black

I work in circles where we talk a lot about “people of color” (POC). We discuss what POC need to thrive economically, how to support POC with resources, and of course we interrogate how racism affects POC in the public sector, philanthropy and business.  Internally, I roll my eyes every time I hear or read the term. Sometimes the speaker …

Dr. King’s Dream Keepers

History is continuously being made, debated and repeating itself. Thankfully, one thing America does well is creating new leaders of every generation who help us reimagine an equitable society. To honor Dr. King and keep his dream alive on this MLK Day, there are a few people I want to highlight who are following in his legacy as change agents.

Telling Black Stories Inclusive of Joy

This year’s Juneteenth was one of the most anticipated and celebratory in recent history. For the first time, Juneeteenth was honored on a national scale. Organizations nationwide edited their handbooks to recognize the day as a company holiday; philanthropists such as Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings, donated to historically Black colleges and offered funds and resources to Black causes and businesses. …

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