Barbara Baker Smith, Golden LEAF Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Behavioral health, student affairs, academic and personal counseling

CONTACT: bbsmith@goldenleaf.org, 252-442-7474

PROFILE: Barbara Baker Smith is one of several program officers at the Golden LEAF Foundation. She has been in this position since June 2008 and has the following experience:

  • Provide direct support for implementation of grant programs and 
    special initiatives
  • Coordinate grant monitoring and compliance activities
  • Process interim and final reports of payments and accountability
  • Conduct research and collect economic and community impact 
    data to meet deadlines
  • Evaluate proposals submitted for grant consideration and 
    compose proposal summaries
  • Conduct program oversight to insure project progress and 
    achievement of goals
  • Participate in outreach and other program related activities
  • Build and foster positive relationships with grantees and potential 
    grantees.

Her LinkedIn profile provides the following summary:

Program Officer for a non-profit grantmaking foundation. Career experience includes grant monitoring and oversight. Well-versed in the areas of Student Affairs, academic counseling, personal counseling and behavioral health; experienced in grant administration, monitoring and financial oversight. Extensive experience assisting first-generation college students and their support systems with achieving postsecondary goals. Compassionate and authentic with the ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with people from diverse social, educational and economic backgrounds.

Smith was also an employee assistance counselor and a behavioral health specialist at Nash Health Care Systems. She also worked as a counselor at Edgecombe Community College. She earned a BA in psychology from NC Central University and a MA in counselor education from NC State University.