tiffany mott-smith, Development manager

Tiffany is a philanthropist and self-described advancement nerd specializing in fundraising innovation.

 A native of Detroit, Tiffany has created and implemented development strategy with a wide range of organizations, including the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, The Marsha P. Johnson Institute, and the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative. Prior to joining the DJC, Tiffany worked with The Dandridge Foundation supporting racial, gender, and LGBT equity through financial empowerment, stewardship, and advancement.

Tiffany has an extensive professional and academic background in mission-driven development and digital storytelling. An alumna of American, George Washington and Michigan State Universities, she holds advanced degrees in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, Communications, and Public Relations.

As a forever-learner and steward, Tiffany is a member of American Grant Writers’ Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Young Non-profit Professionals Network. She spends her free time immersing herself in Detroit’s incredible culture - including serving with the Ruth Ellis Center, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, The Cotillion Society of Detroit Education Foundation, as well as earning her hard-fought title as a Detroit Foodie.