Green Festival Speakers
Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith
For more than 15 years, Deputy Mayor Darryl Smith has worked diligently to create a vibrant and diverse Seattle that all people can call home. He has deep experience in the areas of advocacy, community-building and civic leadership, and believes that collaboration between a variety of community groups and individual citizen engagement is vital to creating a brighter future for Seattle. As Deputy Mayor, he leads community engagement efforts aimed at neighborhoods, small businesses and civic organizations. He also supports administration-wide efforts to more deeply engage individual citizens in their Seattle community. To foster more open and effective communication between these groups and the city, the Deputy Mayor's office works closely with the Office of Economic Development and the Department of Neighborhoods. Priority projects include revitalizing neighborhood business districts and creating more opportunities for green jobs in Seattle. Prior to serving as Deputy Mayor, he worked with community groups, businesses and nonprofit organizations to lead the revitalization of Columbia City, one of Seattle's most diverse neighborhoods. He also worked in the real estate sector representing first-time home-buyers and commercial clients including the builders of the nationally recognized public housing redevelopments at New Holly, Othello Station and Rainier Vista. He has held a variety of civic leadership roles including president of the Rainier Chamber of Commerce, membership on the Seattle Planning Commission and on the boards of Powerful Schools, Allied Arts, the Rainier Valley Community Development Fund and Great City. He lives in Southeast Seattle with his wife and daughter.