Sierra Smith

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Image of GPAC Member Sierra SmithWhat ties do you have to Culver City?

I am the executive director of Open Paths Counseling Center, a nonprofit organization located in Culver City. I am also on the faculty of Antioch University Los Angeles, a nonprofit university also located in Culver City.

What experience or expertise do you have which qualifies you to serve on the GPAC? 

I am not sure that I have any particular expertise, however I have worked in Culver City based institutions for the past ten years. I was also chair of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce Nonprofit Committee from 2012-2014, so have reasonable familiarity with the nonprofit sector in Culver City.

What other resources (foreign language skill, participation in a local organization, practical skill, etc.) might you bring to enhance the quality of the General Plan process?

As an advocate for health equity by virtue of my position running a nonprofit counseling center focused on providing culturally sensitive psychotherapy to people who are under or uninsured, I think that I bring an ability to identify disparities and facilitate conversations around equity.

 What motivates you to participate in the General Plan process? 

I see this as an opportunity to continue the process of building a healthy, equitable, sustainable, inclusive, and inviting community for everyone who lives, works, plays, or is otherwise affiliated with Culver City.

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