News release from Mayor Bill Finch:
Mayor Bill Finch today announced the hiring of Christina B. Smith as the Director of Central Grants.
“We are very happy to have Christina join our Central Grants team,” said Mayor Finch. “She brings with her a wealth of experience in project management and operations planning that will be invaluable in coordinating grant applications and oversight.”
Ms. Smith, who is a native of Bridgeport, most recently was head of operations for Gwynnie Bee, a fashion rental service based in New York City. She also was a project manager at BNP Paribas, an international banking company, and worked in risk reporting for UBS Investment Bank in Stamford. She is a graduate of Princeton University, and holds a master’s degree from New York University in Historical and Sustainable Architecture and a Master of Science in Urban Regeneration from University College in London. In her new position she will be earning $99,652.
Ms. Smith will oversee the Central Grants office and will administer grants from federal, state and other funding sources including identifying grants, oversight of application process and monitoring of all federal and state agency grants and available funds. She will work closely with a number of city departments to understand their funding needs and seek grants to meet those needs.