Johnson College has chosen LaTida Smith, President &CEO of the Moses Taylor Foundation to give their 2018 commencement address to graduates on Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 10 a.m.
As the President & CEO, she provides leadership and oversight for the Foundation’s grantmaking and administration to advance its mission to improve the health and wellness of residents and communities in Northeast Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Moses Taylor, Ms. Smith spent 12 years with Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio. At Saint Luke’s, LaTida led the implementation of the Foundation’s program strategy approach, streamlined the community grantmaking process to expand partnerships with grantees and led the implementation of program logic models for outcome measurement. Prior to Saint Luke’s, LaTida oversaw the City of Cleveland’s HIV/AIDS Unit and served as a Community Educator for Planned Parenthood of Greater Cleveland.
She serves as the Board Chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and previously chaired the board of Funders Concerned About AIDS. She was selected as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow and the Association for Black Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellow.
Ms. Smith earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and master’s degrees in English and Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University.
She resides in Clarks Summit with her husband, Walter and their children Walter and Clarke.