Name: Venessa Collins-Smith
Title: Compliance Specialist II
Department: Community Investment
Approximately four years.
I enjoy riding through the historic district. It reminds me of back home.
I currently live in Kalamazoo Township. However, I am in the process of purchasing a home and my first choice is finding a bungalow with a lot of character within one of the six core neighborhoods.
My undergrad is from Savannah State University where I obtained my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. I obtained my Master’s from Walden University in Public Administration with a concentration in Public Policy.
Current projects relating to Imagine Kalamazoo that address our Master Plan’s citywide priorities and neighborhood focus are:
Citywide Priorities -> Climate Action Plan
Neighborhood Focus ->Attainable Housing Strategy
Complete Neighborhood - > Equity
Public Speaking (to inform and or actuate)
The Snow Leopard is my animal match. It is known for its beauty and elegance. It is purposeful in its congregating and is unapologetic about embracing solitude.
Everything I do has to have a purpose, whether it is to speak words of joy, peace and happiness into the lives of those I encounter daily, helping the less fortunate, giving back to my community by volunteering or having a career that affords me the opportunity to truly bring about positive change in the lives of those I serve.
In my solitude my visionary side allows me time to think, plan, develop and determine how I will implement. I try to always look beyond what is in front of me and see its potential for a greater cause.
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