Celeste C. Smith joined The Pittsburgh Foundation in January of 2018 as program officer for Arts and Culture.
Before joining the Foundation, she served as chief executive officer of 1Hood Media, a collective of artists and activists who utilize hip hop as a means of raising awareness around issues affecting oppressed people in the region and around the world. She is also the manager of Pittsburgh-based hip hop artist Jasiri X.
Before joining the Foundation’s staff, Smith was a grantee, receiving funding for innovative and effective arts education and cultural programming. Her experiences as both an independent artist and a grantee have given her a unique understanding of Pittsburgh’s arts and culture community, as well as the work of the Foundation and its impact on the region.
Celeste is a graduate of Chatham University and has served on the Transformative Arts Process Advisory Board at The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Symphony Community Advisory Council and the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Equity in Arts Funding Research Committee.