Hailing from Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, Jamaine Smith, is a first and foremost an Artist, using his creative, strategic, and people-centered approaches to create not only beautifully painted or drawn pieces, but opportunities for personal and professional growth in youth, adults, communities, and organizations. His artist touch has been refined through 10 years of experience in higher education and non-profit administration. Jamaine is guided by the belief that everyone has innate dignity, worth, and their own “slice of genius” (coined by Dr. Linda Hill in her book “Collective Genius”) and prefers to “get to the heart of the matter” or the “Why?” when working with people or organizations in need of problem solving, service/product innovation, etc.
Prior to his role at CultureWorks, Jamaine served as the Associate for Diversity & Social Justice for Philadelphia University's Office of Student Engagement. He also served as the Director of Community Programs for BuildaBridge International, an arts-based non-profit headquartered in the West Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Jamaine holds a B.S. in Social Work from Nyack College (New York), a M.A. in Urban Studies from Eastern University (St. Davids, PA), and is currently pursuing a M.B.A in Strategic Design from Philadelphia University.
Fun fact: Jamaine loves home goods. Buy him a set of plush towels so he knows it’s real.