Patricia L. Smith is senior policy advisor for Reinvestment Fund, a community development financial institution (CDFI) and national leader working to rebuild economically-distressed communities through the innovative use of capital, data and partnerships. Ms. Smith leads Reinvestment Fund’s policy efforts to improve access to healthier foods in underserved urban and rural communities and is a well-regarded advisor on healthy food financing programs across the county. In 2009, she helped launch the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to increase awareness about the inequitable access to healthy foods and the need for federal action. To date, HFFI has yielded over $220 million in federal grants and encouraged the establishment of similar financing programs in a dozen states and cities. While at Reinvestment Fund, Ms. Smith also managed several collaborative projects: William Penn Foundation Targeted Neighborhoods Initiative; Ford Foundation Camden Regional Demonstration Project; and Rockefeller Foundation Creativity and Neighborhood Development Project. Prior to joining Reinvestment Fund in 2005, Ms. Smith directed Mayor John F. Street’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI), a $295 million public-private partnership to address decades of urban blight and stimulate new investment in the city’s neighborhoods. Nationally, NTI contributed to a paradigm shift in urban redevelopment policy and resource allocation by using data-driven analysis to determine where and how local government should invest limited resources to improve distressed urban markets. Throughout her career, Ms. Smith has held leadership positions in the foundation, government and nonprofit sectors. She has designed and managed several nationally-recognized initiatives to strengthen the capacities of community development practitioners. Ms. Smith is particularly skilled at engaging diverse constituencies with a proven track-record leading complex, cross-sector partnerships. Ms. Smith is a 2002 Fannie Mae Foundation Fellow. She has served on the governing bodies of numerous non-profits. Currently, she is on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating beautiful, healthy and sustainable neighborhoods. She was appointed recently to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Executive Representative for the President of the Philadelphia City Council. In 2006, Ms. Smith appeared in the PBS documentary, Edens Lost and Found: How Ordinary Citizens Are Restoring Our Great American Cities. The documentary explored the unique environmental, economic and social issues of four American cities: Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle. Ms. Smith holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College and JD from George Washington University Law Center. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her partner Elbert Sampson. They are the proud owners of a 1967 Alberg 35 sailboat, called Pearl.