Whitney Smith is the Joyce Foundation Employment Program Director. She manages a $6.6 million annual grant-making portfolio that supports workforce and skill development initiatives. Ms. Smith is an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative-America, Workforce Matters Co-founder and Steering Committee Member, and Chicagoland Workforce Funders Alliance Co-founder and Management Committee Co-chair.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2005, Ms. Smith was associate director of the Chicago Jobs Council and she worked with homeless families in New York City. She served on the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Advisory Council on Agriculture, Small Business, and Labor from 2011-2012. She serves on the board of the Oak Park Regional Housing Center.
Ms. Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in social service administration with a focus on social policy from the University of Chicago.