Kimyatta Smith

Bachelors, Social Work, Southeast Missouri State University
MSW, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis

Kimyatta is a native of the St. Louis region and joined ArchCity Defenders as the Social Work Program Manager in October 2020.  Kimyatta has over eight years of nonprofit management experience. Her experiences range from program development, program evaluation, staff supervision, streamlining operations, volunteer and board cultivation, public speaking, to fundraising. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work with an emphasis on social and economic development –policy and an undergraduate degree in social work from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Kimyatta’s drive to work collaboratively with underserved communities is rooted in her firm belief that equity, inclusion, and antiracism are non-negotiable in any segment of society. This value made her the ideal candidate to take the helm at LinkStL (2018), a nonprofit in the North Saint Louis neighborhood of Hyde Park. At LinkStL and other regional nonprofits, Kimyatta has overseen the development, evaluation, and implementation of various programs and services to improve the quality of life for individuals living in communities disproportionately affected by educational inequalities, homelessness, mass incarceration, etc. As ACD’s social work manager, Kimyatta is committed to supporting policies and programming that reduce racial inequity and end oppressive systems that target poor and working-class people.

 

Fun/personal fact:
My favorite poem is The Rose that Grew Through Concrete by Tupac Shakur. To me, the poem represents the ways that someone can become something great coming from places that are not always recognized as great.

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