Michele Smith

Michele Smith

Administrative Assistant

Michele Smith serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Tampa Downtown Partnership. In her role, she provides administrative support to the CEO & Directors for projects, events and programs. Michele is often the friendly voice answering phone calls and greeting visitors. She acts as a centralized information hub and ensures that office systems run smoothly.  Additionally, Michele chairs the Downtown Property Managers Committee and she manages the Emergency Access Cards program.  

Michele earned her Bachelor’s degree in International Business & Fine Art from the University of Tampa. For five years she served as Business Manager of DSA International during the creation of a large mixed-use real estate development in Honduras. Concurrently, she served on the Board for the Davis Islands Chamber of Commerce as Marketing Director and helped to define their current business district. 

While working for the French firm Bureau Veritas, Michele honed her Business Development skills selling Health, Safety & Environmental services in the Eastern US and Gulf Coast regions. At times she was tapped to work as a Logistics Consultant for the CDC, FEMA and The Department of Homeland Security in post-Hurricane Katrina inspections and she acted as the Emergency Response Logistics Manager of safety services during the Gulf Oil Spill.

Prior to joining the Partnership in 2017, Michele ran a successful yoga business. She still enjoys teaching and leads international retreats. She also enjoys tending to her garden in Tampa Heights where she has been a proud homeowner since 2001.  

My Favorite Thing to Do in Downtown:

Walking along the Riverwalk and dolphin watching! It puts a skip in my step to spend time strolling along the northern end of the Riverwalk. In the early morning there are groups of joggers and work-out enthusiasts starting their day together and it is inspiring. In the evening, sounds of live music wafts over the waters and I am often greeted by playful dolphins along the seawall.