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Laurel Smith

Laurel joined Valley Vision in August 2022 as a Project Associate for the Listos California Emergency Preparedness Campaign. She has over 4.5 years of experience working in nonprofit settings dedicated to improving healthy communities in the Sacramento Region.

Professional Experience

Laurel, a local of the Sacramento region, began her career working in nonprofits following college when she served as an Americorps CivicSpark Climate Fellow working on a year-long station area planning project with the California High Speed Rail Authority to promote smart growth principles in the Central Valley. Since then, Laurel worked as a communications and program coordinator at a Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture Project in Sacramento for 4.5 years where she served as executive assistant to co-directors, coordinated food access programs, and managed grant tracking, reporting and administrative operations.


Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies & City Planning – Sonoma State University


Laurel enjoys traveling, gardening, collecting house plants, spending time with friends & family, and going to local events & farmers markets.

Laurel’s Top 5 Strengths

  1. Achiever – Great deal of stamina and works hard. Takes great satisfaction from being busy and productive.
  2. Responsibility – Takes psychological ownership of what they say they will do. Committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty.
  3. Connectedness – Have faith in the links between all things. Believe there are few coincidences and that almost every event has a reason.
  4. Relator – Enjoys close relationships with others. Find deep satisfaction in working hard with friends to achieve a goal.
  5. Arranger – Can organize, but also has a flexibility that complements this ability. Likes to figure out how all of the pieces and resources can be arranged for maximum productivity.

CliftonStrengths is a talent assessment tool developed by Gallup to help individuals maximize their unique talents. At Valley Vision, all staff have the opportunity to take this assessment to help better understand their natural strengths and increase our team’s ability for radical collaboration.