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Regina R. Smith

Managing Director

Arts & Culture

Regina R. Smith is managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Arts & Culture Program, where she leads a team and works across sectors to position culture and creativity as drivers of more just communities. Her tenure at Kresge began in 2008 as a program officer.

Before joining Kresge, Regina held leadership positions in the public and private sectors as an arts and community-building grantmaker in the Midwest and Southeast, where she conducted cultural assessments and supported work that advanced the priorities of residents, artists, and neighborhood-based groups in rural and urban communities. She began her career in the arts as a museum educator. Over her 30-year career, Regina has served on many boards and advisory councils, including as board chair of Grantmakers in the Arts and co-chair of Artplace America’s Operations Committee.

Regina studied art history at the University of Pittsburgh and received a master’s degree in arts administration from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C.

Photo: Douglas Schaible

Areas of Specialty

Anchor institution strategy

Arts & Culture

Community development

Creative placemaking and equity