Delquanda Turner Smith

Community Engagement Advocate – Capacity Building Strategy


Delquanda is a Program Officer at the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg where she is responsible for managing funded partner and community partnerships with a focus on individuals, nonprofit organizations, collectives, planning bodies, and multi-sectors involved in the broad range of social determinants of health in St. Petersburg, Florida. In addition to her portfolio, she leads the Foundation’s Nonprofit Accelerator Cohort to enhance nonprofits’ capacity, is a Beyond Diversity Courageous Conversations Affiliate Practitioner to continue to talk about race, and has created opportunities to bridge the equity gap. She serves on the grants review committee with the City of St. Petersburg and Allegany Franciscan Ministries.

Delquanda previously served as the Community Planning Manager of the Juvenile Welfare Board where she advocated for stronger communities and services for families; built and sustained stakeholder relationships; convened providers and residents to share information, avoid duplication, and leverage resources; and led her team to positive impact and community change initiatives. Prior, she spent several years with JWB funded programs, nonprofit consulting, as well as in the corporate industry.

She has an extensive background in nonprofit startup and leadership, community engagement, strategic connections, and training and organizational development. Delquanda is seeking her PhD in Educational Leadership and Public Policy at the University of South Florida and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration, is a Take Stock in Children Mentor, Leadership St. Petersburg Alumni Board member, and a proud lifelong resident of St. Petersburg where she resides with her family.