Kate Smith
Program Coordinator
(706) 542-6109

Current Position

Kate Smith serves as lead support for Fanning Institute’s youth leadership programs as well as leadership programs focusing on individual and community growth. She is the 2017 Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence recipient.

Current Activities and Expertise

As lead support for a growing list of youth leadership programs such as Leadership Without Limits (serving Georgia's pre-college migrant youth population), Leadership Sin Limites (Latino leadership issues for youth), College Bound (serving Georgia's pre-college foster youth), Project GRAD (Atlanta Public Schools), and Clarke College Readiness (Clarke County Schools), Smith manages the logistical and financial aspects of program delivery. Additionally, she currently supports the presentation of both individual leadership and entrepreneurial leadership programs focusing on persons leaving prison, self-renewal, non-profit development, and community boards and foundations.

Previous Experience

Joining the J. W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development in October 2004, and the University of Georgia initially in 1980, Smith brings more than 33 years of organizational, meeting, and project management experience both on and off the UGA campus.

Prior to joining Fanning Institute, she served as Conference Coordinator and Meeting Planner for an organization focusing on research and education surrounding support of persons with disabilities, as well as Executive Coordinator for the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association.

Working experience unrelated to the academic world includes time spent in the Office of District Attorney, as an Advanced Life Support Paramedic in a major city Emergency Room, Trauma Team of Level I Emergency Receiving Hospital, and as a technician in the Office of the Medical Examiner.


  • B.S., psychology/speech, Emory University and University of Georgia


  • Hope Haven Board of Directors
  • Morton Theater Board of Directors