Keisha L. Smith, MPAExecutive Director
Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority
Keisha L. Smith is a public administrator with over 15 years leadership experience in various corporations and public agencies. Throughout her career as an administrator, she has earned a stellar reputation for her keen intellect, integrity and professional expertise. In her previous role with the City of Richmond, she was responsible for research and policy development to tackle many of the critical issues facing health and human services. She led several mayoral initiatives including the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign and Blue Ribbon Commission on Health Policy, and served as the director of the Richmond City Community Schools initiative. Previous to her employment with the City of Richmond, Keisha worked for the Virginia Department of Health as the Health Workforce Program Manager in the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity. In that role, she was responsible for the oversight and coordination of health workforce recruitment and retention initiatives and incentive programs.
Keisha received a Bachelor of Science in Human Services Counseling from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. After working in various corporate management roles, she accepted a highly competitive fellowship with the National Urban Fellows program to pursue her Master’s of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York. As a Fellow, she was selected to work at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a focus on health equity, community based participatory research approaches in partnership with faith based community organizations, and assisting with priority policy initiatives pertaining to nutrition, physical activity and obesity.