Dr. Judith A.M. Smith has been the president and chief executive officer of HandsOn Jacksonville, Inc. (formerly Volunteer Jacksonville, Inc.) since 1995 when she retired from active military service in the United States Navy with the rank of Commander. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin, her Master of Science degree in Education Leadership from the University of West Florida, and her Doctor of Management degree in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix, where she has served as adjunct faculty member of the Graduate Business and Management School. Dr. Smith has facilitated workshops and seminars, and has delivered conference presentations and consulting sessions on nonprofit boards of directors for more than 15 years.
A Wisconsin native, Dr. Smith has called Jacksonville home since 1986. A graduate of Leadership Jacksonville’s class of 1993, Dr. Smith’s current volunteer leadership responsibilities include serving as a member of the Points of Light Institute’s Board of Directors, the Florida Association of Volunteer Resource Management’s Board of Directors, and the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is the past chair of the International Center for Spirit at Work; past president of the Florida Association of Volunteer Centers, past vice chair of the Volunteer Center National Network Council, past member and chair of the Jacksonville Commission on Family and Marriage appointed by Mayor Ed Austin’s administration, and was the founding president of the First Coast Women Officers Professional Association. She has served on many other boards over the years, including the United Way of Northeast Florida, PACE Center for Girls, the Mental Health Resource Center, and Renaissance Center. Dr. Smith is also a member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network and the East Arlington Rotary. She is a current member and has served as the chair of the United Way Agency Directors Association.
Under Dr. Smith’s Leadership, HandsOn Jacksonville received the 2009 HandsOn Network Affiliate Leadership Award, and has been recognized in 2007 and 2009 by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of The Best Places to Work in Northeast Florida. Dr. Smith was honored in 2004 by the Jacksonville Business Journal as one of Northeast Florida’s Women of Influence.
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