Sheneika Elaine Smith is a proud Asheville native and is best known as the founder of “Date My City," a movement organization that encourages equity and inclusion in Asheville through elevating the collective power of Black Asheville. She is a powerful orator and writer, who commits her energy to trailblaze a black cultural renaissance in Western North Carolina.
Sheneika was educated in the Asheville City School system and later received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Winston-Salem State University.
For several years, she was a mental health counselor in a healthcare facility for juvenile sex offenders. Through this venture, she witnessed this critical population of young men work responsibly with therapists, clinical nurses, counselors and their peers to engage the power of restorative justice.
Smith relocated back to Asheville in 2011 finding her purpose; assisting in the preservation of the African American interest and quality of life.
Smith has two daughters and was recently elected to Asheville City Council, motivated to marshal change in our city through equity initiatives and true democracy.
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