Curriculum Vitae

Planning and Organizing Consultant for Nonprofit, Nongovernmental Organizations.  Writer.  Teacher in Urban and Regional Planning, Philosophy.  Host of Radio Shows on Political Issues for Local Communities.

2012 to present: President, All Souls Housing Corporation; Board member, Change All Souls Housing Corporation; Board member, Center for Empowerment Network, Haiti

  • led board in developing strategic plan for affordable housing in Columbia Heights and DC
  • led board in recruiting executive director
  • worked in developing new non governmental organization with offices in DC and Haiti

January 15, 2011 to present: Advisor and Consultant to City of Fresno and to San Joaquin Valley 

  • Assisted in developing strategy for positioning City as model for sustainable urbanism in San Joaquin Valley.
  • Advised and assisted planning director in building support for Smart Growth projects and for General Plan update.
  • Identified and helped recruit NGOs and private foundations to assist City in pursuing its sustainable urbanism path.
  • Participated in leadership team and organized strategic coordination committee for Smart Valley Places, sustainable communities initiative supported by federal regional planning grant.  

October 1, 1998 to January 15, 2011:  Community Builder; Director, Fresno Field Office, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • Directly supervised Fresno HUD Staff and oversees all office operations.  Facilitated the development and sees to the implementation of the strategic and management plan for the Office which coordinates HUD programs with the public and private sectors in the 8 counties and 62 cities of the San Joaquin (aka Central Valley) of California. 
  • Organizer under the Western Region Federal Council for the Central Valley Sustainable Communities Initiative with the California Partnership, the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Process, and the San Joaquin Valley Councils of Governments. Coordinates the Federal Interagency Task Force for a Sustainable Central Valley.  Working closely with Directors of the other nine HUD Field Offices in Region IX.
  • Past coordinator of the Economic Development of the Central San Joaquin Valley established by Executive Order 13173.  Saw to the staffing, direction, and success of the Task Force in achieving the mission and goals of the Executive Order. 
  • Assisted in the creation of the San Joaquin Valley Partnership of the San Joaquin Valley established by Governor Schwarzenegger at the request of organizations in the Valley.  Principal organizer for the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization and the San Joaquin Valley Housing Trust.  
  • Founding partner of the No Homeowner Left Behind—a public-private partnership to respond to the Housing Market Crisis and its effects in the San Joaquin Valley.  
  • Chair of the San Joaquin Legislative Office Group—a network of office directors for state and federal legislative offices in the San Joaquin Valley. 

1996-1998:  Chief Executive Officer, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fresno.

  • Planned and organized new projects: Including Caring Communities Project funded by The California Endowment.
  • Organized comprehensive approach to meeting impact of welfare reform and immigration policies in the Central Valley through faith-based organizations.

1988-1995:  Executive Director: Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association. 

  • Coordinated, raised and managed funds, and led strategic and urban planning for 26-neighborhood community development and service organization.

1984-1988:  Diocesan Director of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Honolulu, Hawaii. 

  • Led agency in the strategic planning, restructuring, and managing of the agency to achieve greater effectiveness in local communities.

:  Executive Director, Health and Community Services Council of Hawaii, a community planning agency of United Way, foundations, health organizations and voluntary agencies. 

  • Led in reorganizing agency, nonprofit organizational development, community development, evaluation and training in community service planning

Lead organizer and staff director with the Industrial Areas Foundation for the Santa Clara Valley Coalition, a mass based citizen action organization consisting of over one hundred neighborhood, church, labor, and service organizations working on health and social issues in Santa Clara County.   Organizer and staff for community organizations in low-income areas of Chicago (Contract Buyers League, Midway Organization) and Toronto (Greater Riverdale Organization), sponsored primarily by churches.


(1960) BA (Classics) Loyola University, Chicago

(1963) MA (Philosophy) Loyola University, Chicago

(1963-1966) Teacher of French and Speech,  University of Detroit High School

(1969) MA (Theology) Jesuit School of Theology

(1968-1969) Lecturer in Theology, Loyola University, Chicago.

(1971) MA  University of Chicago (Social Ethics: interdepartmental program sociology, political science, philosophy/theology).

(1971) Saul D. Alinsky Industrial Areas Foundation Training Institute.

(1975-1979) Practicum Instructor, San Jose State University School of Social Work.

(1982-1988) Adjunct Professor, Department Urban and Regional Planning, University of Hawaii 

(1993-1995) Organizer, Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland, Cleveland State U

(1995-1996) Field Adviser and Adjunct Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

(1997) Ph.D. Program, Organizational Development, Union Institute, Cincinnati

(1999)  Ten-day IAF Workshop, Los Angeles

(1999)  Community Builder Executive Education Program, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.

(1999) Alliance School Training (with Fresno Superintendent of Schools), Austin, TX

(2001) Curriculum for Community Development for colleges and universities.

(2003)  Class presentations UC Davis, CSU Fresno.

(2004 to present)  Management training through HUD’s Virtual University and Management meetings.

(2009-2011) Host for Maddy Forum, CSU Fresno, Radio show.

Rollie Smith,
Feb 25, 2011, 2:19 PM