Renee K. Smith
Interim Executive Director
Renee K. Smith joined the team at the Flea as the Interim Executive Director in June 2022. As a strategist she believes that everyone can manifest their dreams by creating a strategy that encompasses the right people at the right time. Her tenure as a nonprofit leader, thought partner and manager has led her to develop systems to increase transparency, accessibility and efficiency using technology and the passion of an organization’s human resources. During her tenure she has served in various capacities at various organizations including Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy where she had been on staff for 16 years. She continues to use her skills in operations, communications, digital strategy, fundraising, program design and community engagement to assist organizations and small businesses with creating systems to reach their desired outcomes.
As an artist and entrepreneur, Renee has traveled, performed and presented around the world in countries including Prague, Italy, London, France, Cuba, Brazil, Guinea, Senegal, Ghana, Benin, Jamaica to name a few. As a cultural curator, Renee has presented virtually and in person, produced music videos, performances and events and created global opportunities for communities of the African diaspora to come together to learn, celebrate and heal through the annual conference Grand Rising Summer Solstice Summit.
This Brooklyn native is also the proud owner of Akika Flower Essence & Apothecary, a wellness practice that uses plant intelligence to cultivate healing and transformation for individuals and our collective consciousness through flower essence infused products, consultations and a reconnection with indigenous cultural practices as stewards of the Earth.
Renee holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management/Social Entrepreneurship from The Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School University; a Bachelor’s degree from Hunter College in Dance Education and Early Childhood Education; a certificate of completion from the Non-Profit Middle Management Program at Columbia University and the Executive Leadership Program sponsored by Community Resource Exchange (CRE).