Tara C. Smith
Ms. Smith has held a number of leadership positions at ISD since 2013, with the most recent being Assistant Director with oversight of some of the most critical areas of the department. During her tenure at ISD, she has taken significant steps to streamline and focus operations to assist other departments in the area of design and construction contracts, real estate development, and facilities management. She has accomplished a number of critical milestones for the Department, including the negotiation and closeout of 6 major capital projects in FY2014-15 - the new Northside Police Station, the Lillie Williams Arcola Head Start Center, the Gran Via Affordable Housing Apartments for the Elderly, the Tax Collector’s offices, the Children’s Courthouse and the Historic Hampton House; as well as the groundbreaking of the Caleb Community Center and the New Animal Services Shelter.
On a day-to-day basis, she has assisted in the departmental oversight of all ISD operations, including over 60 County facilities encompassing more than 6 million square feet of space that are critical to County operations and infrastructure, a complex power distribution grid and two district cooling loops in downtown Miami that feed seven County facilities; maintenance and management of over 13,000 pieces of light and heavy fleet equipment across 29 fleet maintenance facilities; management of the County’s real estate inventory database including over 4,700 parcels of property across 48,000 acres; and construction management of over 55 capital projects valued at over $550 million.
In 2007, Ms. Smith joined the Elections Department as Chief Deputy Supervisor of Elections, managing the largest elections operation in the state and supporting three presidential elections. She was later appointed as part of the County’s Management Watch Team to turn around the Jackson Health System, consistently proving her abilities as a consensus builder and problem solver.
Before joining Miami-Dade County in 2004 as a Management Trainee, Ms. Smith worked in the non-profit sector managing a program within the juvenile justice system. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, she joined the public sector and has risen through the ranks of leadership as she has tackled one assignment after the next with competence and efficiency.