A lifelong Delawarean, Mike is not only a proud father and husband with deep community roots but also an astute economic development leader and change maker for improving our state.
Raised in the Pike Creek area by his grandmother, Barbara Smith, Mike attended Pike Creek Christian School and played baseball at Midway Little League. After graduating from Wilmington Christian School, Mike received his bachelor’s and Masters in Public Administration from UD. He’s taken that foundation of knowledge to be a tireless advocate in our community for the last decade.
Working at the University of Delaware as Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Mike creates partnerships with organizations throughout Delaware to grow jobs and help train the next generation workforce. His role puts him at the forefront of healthcare delivery and economic development.
Coupling his personal knowledge with his professional expertise, Mike works to enhance our quality of life, invest in smart, strategic opportunities, and be a constant public servant to our community.
Previously, Mike ran a public/private economic development partnership between the City of Newark, New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and University Delaware with the aim of creating jobs by attracting new companies to Delaware. At the start of his career, Mike worked in several roles for former Congressman Mike Castle as well as for corporations in the private sector.
Active in numerous volunteer and non-profit organizations, Mike is a board member of Lori’s Hands and Kids with Confidence. He is also on Preston’s Playground Committee and working to build an inclusive playground in Newark. Mike’s also a member of the Delaware State Chamber Economic Development Committee and the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council.
When not working, Mike works on shaping future generations through one of his passions: Sports. He has coached baseball with Newark National and Piedmont as well as Rush Soccer and at the Western YMCA.
An active member and volunteer at Christ Community Church, Mike has been married for almost 9 years to the love of his life, Christy, and they have a seven year old son, Braedon and a three year old son, Nathan. The Smiths live in Meeting House Hill along with their dogs, Bruiser and Dallas.
Kids With Confidence Board Member
Newark Morning Rotary Member
Christ Community Church-Children’s Ministry Volunteer
Christ Community Church-Business Team Member
Preston’s Playground Committee Member
New Castle County Chamber of Commerce-Economic Development Council
Delaware State Chamber of Commerce-Economic Development Committee
Lori’s Hands Board Member
Western YMCA U7 Flag Football Head Coach
Piedmont Assistant Baseball Coach
Rush Soccer Head Coach
Delaware Business Time 40 under 40
International Economic Development Council-Higher Education Committee
Prestons Playground Committee