Natasha Smith - Board Member
Natasha (she/her) is 2nd generation Korean immigrant and a 4th generation white settler. She grew up in North Surrey and moved to Vancouver in 2017. Right out of grade school, she studied sociology, labour studies and psychology and she learned what it meant to be a feminist and about social justice. She worked many minimum wage jobs between classes (starting back when minimum wage was $8/hr) and finally earned her undergraduate degree at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Business Administration in Accounting in 2015. While attending university, she was involved with co-founding the Young Women in Business KPU chapter and Enactus, an organization that supports student social entrepreneurs. These volunteer projects led her to accept the 2014 KPU Student Life Award. She went on to earn her CPA designation in 2018 and work 7 years in public practice accounting with small and medium sized businesses.
Her experience as a woman in a male-dominated finance industry has led her to an acute awareness of the importance of women supporting women, having role-models who look like you and that come from the same background as you, and of mental health awareness. She wants to see $10 a day childcare become a reality. She believes there needs to be radical cultural change and women specific initiatives to see more women advancing to the higher levels of leadership. Natasha joined the board of Women Transforming Cities to contribute to work that aligns with her values and passions.