Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Detroit Phoenix Center
Raising the standard of civic virtue in the face of poverty throughout the city of Detroit, Courtney Smith is a champion for youth, leading not only by choice, but by nature. She serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Detroit Phoenix Center, a human service organization that provides critical resources, support and a safe, nurturing environment for youth who are street connected.
Courtney was recently dubbed a “modern day history maker” by Essence Magazine. She was also named the 2018 Community Champion of the Year by Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness. Courtney is a double time recipient of the Spirit of Detroit Award and grantee of the Comcast NBCUniversal Social Impact Award. Courtney is a Crain’s 20 in the Twenties honoree and a Forbes Under 30 nominee. She has been featured in numerous media outlets; including Steve Harvey TV Show, Comcast Newsmakers, USA Today and NPR.
Courtney sits on the board of directors for Schoolhouse Connections, and she is a Senior Youth Advisor for the National Network for Youth and a Forbes 8 Fellow. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.