Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless
Location: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Susanne Sinclair-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public administration.
Ms. Sinclair-Smith prepared for her career at Hampshire College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in public policy and photography in 1978. She continued her education at the Antioch School of Law, earning a JD in poverty and clinical practice in 1985, and completed her academic pursuits at the John F. Kennedy School of Law at Harvard University, where she graduated in 1993 with an MPA in management, negotiation, public policy and administration.
In 1986, Ms. Sinclair-Smith started her career as the founding executive director of the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, where she served until 1991. From 1993 to 2003, she lent her skills to the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) as a senior policy officer and program officer, and following her departure from these positions, she acted as the director of policy and leadership development at the Fannie Mae Foundation until 2006. Ms. Sinclair-Smith then transitioned to the William S. Abell Foundation, working as a consultant for the Strategic Initiative on Homelessness until 2010, and leveraged her experience as an expert consultant on Homeless Initiatives at the United States Department of Health and Human Services until 2011.
Additionally, Ms. Sinclair-Smith served as a consultant and technical assistant for LISC from 2006 to 2011, and upon her departure, she accepted her current position as the chief executive officer and executive director of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless. As a civil servant, she has also devoted her time as the commissioner and chair of the strategic planning committee for the Montgomery County Interagency Commission on the Homeless, and has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Moxie Award and the Non Profit of the Year Award in 2018. In the coming years, she plans to continue her work, and perhaps pursue an expanded career in consulting.
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