Bio of Dr. Linda Smith

The Reverend Dr. Linda M. Smith is a preacher, speaker, author, life coach, consultant, Spiritual Director, and founder and Executive Director of the SKY Urban Empowerment and Transformation Center. Dr. Smith holds a Doctoral in Transformative Leadership and Master of Divinity with Post Graduate certificate in Transforming Spirituality. She is completing a second Doctoral, Prophetic Leadership and Preaching for Justice and Social change in the 21st Century and beyond. She is the author of Pathway to the Soul, spiritual coaching and several other publications. She comes from a professional background in Human Resources and has been actively involved in coaching managers and leaders in personal, professional and spiritual development for over 35 years. Her experience includes corporate, organizational, spiritual and ministerial experience. She has served in many capacities engaged prophetically for justice. She was the founder of the Center of Hope in Renton WA, a homeless shelter. She also serves as Pastoral and Spiritual Providers for Mary’s Place, homeless shelter program. She has been actively involved in many social arenas speaking and advocating for issues of equity, justice, race relationship and homelessness in the Greater Seattle and South King County. Her involving in civil government in the public square includes activities that support eradicating issues around poverty, homelessness and racial injustices.

She has served honorably as Renton Human Service Advisory Board, Church Council of Greater Seattle, King County Regional Human Service Citizen Oversight Board and other organizations and activities that support eradicating issues of poverty, homelessness and racial injustices.

Honors and Awards

Certificate of Appreciation – Mayor City of Renton
Outstanding Citizen of the Year – Renton WA
Patron of the Year – Renton Community Foundation
Women of Influence Award – Women who Pray
Gertrude Appe Award – Church Council
National Council of Negro Women International 45th Anniversary
Evergreen 10th Annual Recognition Award
Link Award – Highest honor for Service of Continuous Excellence
District Managers Award for Sustain Excellence Service in Human Resource Management
Vice President Award for Excellence Human Resource Management
Certification of Appreciation for Sustain Performance Human Resource
National Human Resource Award for Training and Diversity Initiatives
Division Pride in Achievement Award for Excellence (six awards
Western Area Award of Excellence Human Resource Management
Seattle District Manager Award for Sustained Performance
Seattle Field Division Award for Human Resource Management
Numerous letters of commendation and thanks available upon request
Numerous community acknowledgements and recognition available upon request

Involvement in Community service past and present:

Executive Chairperson, Renton King County Alliance for Justice
Renton Mayor Inclusion Task Force
RAAP(Renton African American Pastors)
Founder of the Center of Hope, Renton, WA
Board Member of the King County Peacemaking Coordinating Team
Margie Williams Helping Hand Center
Past Board member of Renton Human Service Advisory Board
King County Human Service Citizen Oversight Board; Guided Pathway
Church Council of Greater Seattle; Renton Mayor Budget Process
Renton School District Truancy Process
Planning Committee for the Salvation Army and City of Renton Meal Coalition Program
King County Youth Chaplain Program
Communities in School; Jones Ethnic Academy
Involvement in Social Justice Issues include both past and present engagement: Co-Facilitated the first Forum on Police Relationship in the City of Renton WA
Lead discussion from the play “Best of Enemies, Taproot Theater
Seattle Evangelicals for Racial Justice (Seattle Pacific University)
Participated in the “Beloved Conversation (Bellevue Unitarian Church)
Racial Injustices (Seattle University); Speech for wage equality International Women Day Forum
Barrier to Harmony Forum (Seattle University) Homeless panel) Olympia WA
Speech for Poverty Forum. Served on the faculty of Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry at the graduate level coaching Pastoral and organizational leaders in the Pastoral Leadership, Transformational Leadership, and Doctorate Program.