Janet Smith serves as a Project Associate at the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. As a member of the Strategic Partnerships team, she builds and manages external partnerships for Cornell Atkinson that links Cornell’s research expertise with nonprofit, government and private sector partners.
Janet is an experienced development professional and has experience working with both small and large nonprofits in the US, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. She was a Health Volunteer with the Peace Corps in rural Senegal and a response volunteer in Mali where she managed programs preventing the spread of the ongoing Ebola pandemic.
Janet earned an M.S. from the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell and was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research on the intersection of religion and development in West Africa sought to improve the effectiveness and reach of sustainability programs by widening stakeholder engagement and understandings of development.