A strong and proven leader for nearly three decades, Linney C. Smith, Senior Vice President and Executive Director, has been an Executive/Senior Manager of Housing Works, the nation’s largest community-based HIV/AIDS service provider.
During her tenure, she has overseen and provided clinical and task supervision for the agency’s Scattered Site Housing, Intake, Independent Living, and the state’s largest COBRA Intensive Case Management Program; Deaf AIDS Services Initiative (the only HIV/AIDS outreach and education program for individuals living in New York City who are Deaf and hard of hearing); New York State’s most successful Job Training and Employment Program for people living with HIV/AIDS; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded TCE/HIV Outreach, Harm Reduction Programs; state funded syringe exchange, and acupuncture; Centers for Disease Control (CDC) funded HIV Counseling and Testing to the transgender population; Summer Youth Enrichment Program a prevention program for children of the Agency’s clients who are ages 14-17; and the SAMHSA funded Parents and Children Together Program, a program that teaches effective communication tools to families.
She currently serves as the Executive Director for the HIV Law Project and Positive Health Project and the Senior Vice President for Huma Resources, Compliance and Risk Management for the organization. In addition to her daily duties, Ms. Smith, along with the other senior members of staff, is also responsible for the strategic planning and overall governance of Housing Works, Inc.
Ms. Smith has been the recipient of numerous awards for the work she has been doing and has presented at several HIV/AIDS conferences, both nationally and internationally. She has also co-authored abstracts (papers) pertaining to HIV/AIDS that were accepted and presented at state, national, and international conferences. In addition to her work at Housing Works, Ms. Smith is an active member of her church.
Ms. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of Amida Care Health Care Plan, Golden Krust Jamaica National, Inc., Bronx New York; the Grace Episcopal Church Community Center in White Plains, New York and is a member of the Howard University Alumni Association where she serves as Secretary of the Westchester Rockland Alumni Association.
Ms. Smith served as a visiting professor at Hunter College School of Social Work for four years, where she taught a class on Not-for-profit Management. Ms. Smith is a member of the National Harm Reduction Council, a member of the Treatment Advocates Group, is part of Supportive Housing Network, Society for Human Resources Management, and sits on fundraising and planning committees for various organizations/groups.
Prior to joining Housing Works’ staff, Ms. Smith was the Unit Director, overseeing three group homes and a respite program for the Association for the Help of Retarded Citizens; the Residence Manager for Federation Employment and Guidance Services; and a Case Manager Supervisor for the Jewish Community Council Services Commission.