Anthony Smith is presently the Executive Director for Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District, Inc. (LPCCD) in Newark, NJ where he is responsible for planning, reviewing, monitoring and directing the overall programmatic and operational needs of the organization. He also works with the LPCCD management team to develop its strategic and tactical plans. Further, he develops and manages community partnerships; oversees and facilitates engagement and involvement of residents in the Lincoln Park community, concentrating on areas aimed towards improvement of environmental, social, artistic, business and public services for the area. Mr. Smith cultivates relationships with the public and private sectors to garner financial support that is essential to the organization’s role as an arts developer. He performs advocacy work and is liaison with all levels of government. As Executive Producer of the annual Lincoln Park Music Festival, he is responsible for the creation of artistic programming, fund development and strategic planning. He manages a marketing and communications team, and directs LPCCD’s arts-based outreach program, Music Speaks. Prior to his position with LPCCD, Mr. Smith worked for nearly a decade as a central team member for an elected Newark city official with involvement in issues of economic development, health disparities, arts and tourism, fundraising and event management projects. While working for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, he was part of a team that developed programs and marketing strategies that successfully attracted diverse and eclectic audiences.