DOWNTOWN TAMPA Michele Smith
Michele Smith serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Tampa Downtown Partnership. Michele’s international career acquainted her to best-practices for systems operations and logistics in a variety of organizations. She joined the Tampa Downtown Partnership in 2017. As Operations Coordinator she manages all on-street services provided by the Special Services District to ensure a clean, safe, and welcoming environment in Downtown Tampa. Michele oversees over 25 members of Tampa’s Downtown Guides and Clean Team, assists with planning and implementing overall operations of the Special Services District, and serves as a liaison with partner agencies and downtown stakeholders. Michele leads the Property Manager’s Committee and the Arts & Culture Committee and facilitates monthly Special Services District Advisory Committee meetings.
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 $30million USD 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, she honed her Business Development skills selling Health, Safety & Environmental services in the Eastern US and Gulf Coast regions. She was tapped to work as a Logistics Consultant for the CDC, FEMA and The Department of Homeland Security in post-Hurricane Katrina inspections. In 2010 she acted as the Emergency Response Logistics Manager of safety services during the Gulf Oil Spill, coordinating the deployment of over 140 health and safety engineers.
Directly prior to joining the Partnership, Michele ran a successful yoga business. She still enjoys teaching most weekends and leads international retreats annually.
My Favorite Thing to Do in Downtown:
“It puts a skip in my step to walk along the northern end of the Riverwalk in my neighborhood, Tampa Heights. In the early morning there are groups of joggers and work-out enthusiasts starting their day together and it is inspiring. In the evening, live music entertains and sometimes I am greeted by playful dolphins along the seawall.”