Jennifer R. Smith Executive Director Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit Jennifer Smith serves as the Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Detroit, a national, youth-serving, non-profit that provides access to first-class education and stability to motivated, underserved youth through residential and community-based programs. Ms. Smith has over 12 years of experience in community relations and philanthropy management. She joins BHGH Detroit from Charter One Bank of Michigan where she worked as Assistant Vice President, Community Affairs Manager. In this role, her core responsibility was providing oversight to the Charter One Foundation as well as creating and executing signature community relations initiatives on behalf of the organization. Prior to Charter One Bank, Ms. Smith was the Director of Community Relations/Multicultural Marketing for Pepsi Bottling Group (now known as Pepsi Beverages Company), the worldâ€™s largest manufacturer, seller and distributor of beverages within the Pepsi portfolio. As Multicultural Manager, Ms. Smith was responsible for developing and driving the business unit strategy for multicultural marketing programs in Southeastern Michigan with a targeted emphasis on Detroit. She was also responsible for the management of local community partnerships, charitable giving and special events for PBG Detroit. Ms. Smith welcomed the world to Detroit for Super Bowl XL serving as Community Relations Manager for the Detroit Super Bowl XL Host Committee in conjunction with the National Football League before joining the team at Pepsi. A native of Detroit, Ms. Smith is a proud alumnus of Grambling State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication-Public Relations. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Sports Management from Georgia State University. Issues concerning youth and education are particular focus areas for Ms. Smithâ€™s personal community volunteer efforts. She contributes to various community organizations in the metropolitan Detroit area and serves on the Board for Communities in Schools of Detroit. Ms. Smith was recently appointed to the Governing Council of Detroit Collegiate Preparatory High School. She also serves as a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.