Julie Hales Smith

For more than 20 years, Julie worked for the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), first as the Homeless Coordinator for the Authority, and then manager of several neighborhood and downtown revitalization programs.

Julie retired from MSHDA in 2010 and is now one of the principals of North Coast Community Consultants (NC3), a collaboration of veteran community development and affordable housing development experts. Her recent contracts include working as a grant writer for Wayne County Parks and Recreation; assisting the Council of Michigan Foundations with their Economic Development Cohort program; and serving as facilitator for the Michigan Rural Council’s Community Assessment Program.

Julie Hales Smith earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University in human ecology with an emphasis in program evaluation and labor industrial relations. Simultaneously, on an occasional basis, she worked as a professional clown and wedding soloist.