The Upper Cumberland is a 14-county region situated at the intersection of the Central Basin, the Eastern Highland Rim and the Cumberland Plateau. Home to Tennessee Technological University (TTU), the region also has five community colleges and three Tennessee Technology Centers. Manufacturing serves as the region’s largest employment sector followed by retail and healthcare.
As a former TNECD specialist, Smith conducted asset-based strategic planning addressing community development needs in 14 counties. Prior to her work at TNECD, she held senior roles in government affairs and campaign management.
Smith is active in Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, the Nashville School of Law and is a member of the Tennessee Bar.