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 previously served as Administrative Assistant to the Tampa Downtown Partnership since 2017. In her new role, she coordinates all on-street services provided by the Special Services District to ensure a clean, safe, and welcoming environment in Downtown Tampa. Michele oversees 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. She also leads the Property Manager’s and the Arts & Culture Round-tables.
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:
It puts a skip in my step to walk 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, live music entertains and I am often greeted by playful dolphins along the seawall.