Tampa's Downtown

Michele Smith

Michele Smith

Operations Coordinator

Michele’s international career acquainted her to best-practices for systems operations and logistics in a variety of organizations.  As Operations Coordinator for Tampa’s Downtown she leads a team of thirty Guides and Clean Team employees to ensure a clean, safe, and welcoming environment.  In 2019 the Guides connected with over 70,000 individuals, assisted 675 stranded motorists and made over 16,000 merchant visits. The Clean Team corrected nearly 400 acts of graffiti, cleared over 251 tons of trash, and pressure washed 134 blocks of sidewalks. Her role oversees all  on-street services provided by the Special Services District.  


Additionally, Michele serves as a liaison with partner agencies and downtown stakeholders including the Special Services District Advisory Committee. She leads the Arts & Culture Committee and the Property Manager’s Round-table. 

Michele earned her degree in International Business & Fine Art from the University of Tampa. Her career has taken her on a variety of assignments including to the rain forests of Honduras serving as Business Manager for a mixed-use real estate development; to Wales to co-produce “The Business of Art” educational series; to Paris to coordinate Oil & Gas protocols for the Gulf of Mexico; to northern Spain to lead retreats. She draws upon 20 years of diverse experience to help shape operations for a thriving Downtown. 

Personally, her passion is teaching resiliency skills. Since 2011 Michele has run a yoga school and bespoke apothecary based in Tampa Heights that has served over 25,000 students internationally. 

My Favorite Thing to Do in Downtown

“Downtown is blessed to have over 40 arts and cultural organizations keeping us vibrant! I enjoy taking in a Broadway show at the Straz Center as much as joining a hip-hop dance cypher at the Rialto.  Saturday afternoons wandering through Tampa Museum or a movie at the Tampa Theatre provides inspiration. Thankfully the Riverwalk connects all my favorite places and when I pay attention it’s easy to spot dolphins or manatees.”

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