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James C. Smith


James is a husband and proud father of three children. He is the Urban District Executive Director at the Carlson Metro YMCA. He leads the Carlson Metro Center, Maplewood Family, and Lewis Street Branches in order to positively impact the surrounding communities through mission driven programming. He also serves as a co-champion for the YMCA Global Center of Excellence team. James is the first person in his family to graduate from college. He earned his B.S. in psychology from SUNY Brockport. He volunteers for the Partners of Learning Program at Nazareth College, the Rochester Area Task Force on AIDS, and the Refugee, Immigration and Language Services Sub-committee at Catholic Family Center. James focuses his time on uplifting marginalized communities by giving more access to resources while creating equity. He is excited to work as a change agent with RocCity Coalition to build bridges of collaboration and come to each and every table humbly ready to work, inspire, support, and lead where needed.

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