Sheneika Smith is an Asheville native who passionately directs her boundless energy towards supporting and inspiring communities of color in Western North Carolina. She’s the middle daughter of the late Rev. Theodore L. Smith and Beverly Wells Smith. Sheneika graduated from Asheville High in 1996 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communication from Winston-Salem State University. Smith has over 15 years experience in event planning for nonprofits, church organizations, and small businesses. She seeks to utilize her skills to create vibrant experiences that educate and inspire self-directed action and a collective cultural revolution.
As the Tzedek Fellow at Green Opportunities in charge of Community Development and Outreach, Sheneika hosts recruiting events, plans special events, and collaborates on fundraising efforts. Sheneika is widely known for organizing and producing “Asheville Sunday’s Best,” and for founding Date My City, a social organization that seeks to enhance the cultural identity of black Western North Carolina by fostering social cohesion, increasing civic participation, and igniting pride through unity and self-determination.
Her principles of living and the recitation of her freedom cry remain rooted in her Christian spirituality. Her path includes motherhood, community organizing, supporting community through prayer and activism, and above all activating the power of marginalized people through her writing, the zest of her spoken words, and the ministry of presence.