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About Harry Smith

Harry Smith is a Community Organizing and Development consultant with over 25 years of experience in the community organizing and development field.  He most recently served as Director of Sustainable Economic Development for the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, including managing the activities of the Dudley Neighbors Inc. Community Land Trust, one of the largest urban land trusts in the country. 

He currently works with community-based organizations in the Boston area and nationally, specializing in the following services:

  • Provide strategic advice around organizational development, community organizing strategies, and political advocacy to leaders of grassroots organizing and policy organizations;

  • Develop organizing and advocacy campaigns to promote community control of development, affordable housing, and community land trusts;

  • Coordinate community outreach and planning processes for nonprofits proposing affordable housing developments;

  • Coordinate hiring, coaching, and training of organizers and program staff;

  • Provide technical assistance to emerging community land trusts and grassroots organizations;

  • Facilitate organizational strategic planning processes;

  • Conduct training sessions to build capacity of board, staff, and leaders;

  • Provide 1-1 mentoring and career coaching to nonprofit leaders;

  • Public speaking and presentations at local and national conferences on land use planning, community land trusts, and community organizing.

A list of his current or recent consulting clients includes:

  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative

  • Dudley Neighbors Inc./Greater Boston CLT Network

  • Sociedad Latina

  • Hyde Square Task Force

  • Pine Street Inn/The Community Builders

  • Egleston Square Main Street Program

  • Boston Neighborhood CLT (formerly Coalition for Occupied Homes in Foreclosure )

  • Madison Park Development Corporation/RoxVote Coalition

  • Greater Boston Latino Network

  • Boston Tenant Coalition

Harry earned a B.A. from Brown University and an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. 

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