MEET DENISE

PUBLIC SERVANT | BUSINESS ADVOCATE | COMMUNITY LEADER

Born and raised in Prince George’s County, Denise Smith is a proud product of the county’s public school system having attended Concord Elementary and Francis Scott Key Middle schools and graduated from Suitland High School at the age of 16. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in Public Relations from American University.

Denise Smith serves as a communications, media and outreach professional with more than 24 years of local government and non-profit experience. Her work in these areas has focused on public service, business advocacy and community service.  

Currently, Denise is the communications director for the Honorable Aisha N. Braveboy, Prince George’s County State’s Attorney.  She previously served in the Office of Central Services for the Prince George’s County Government as outreach and education/training manager for the county’s Supplier Diversity Office and press information officer in the Office of the County Executive.

Denise is a business consultant where she helps aspiring entrepreneurs launch and grow there businesses, and she is the CEO of D.Geneva Photography, LLC, a commercial photography company.

Denise is TV Host of “Level Up,” a business show dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start, manage and grow their businesses and her Facebook, Instagram and YouTube Live show, “All Things Small Business.”  She brings together influential names in business, finance and politics for discussions on key issues, specifically in tuned with issues affecting minority and small businesses.  

Denise has a strong record of support for the community:  She serves as a mentor in the Prince George’s County Public Schools P-Tech Program and hosts Community Uplift, a community-based TV show, sponsored by the Gamma Pi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. She served as vice president for Villages of Marlborough Community Association; as parent involvement coordinator for the Prince George’s County PTA Council; and as founding past president for Concord Elementary School PTA.

Denise serves on the Bi-County Business Roundtable and Women of Prince George’s advisory boards and the Economic Development and Women in Business Development committees for the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of Leadership Prince George’s, and she is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Denise, with her husband Chris, resides in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Together they have four amazing children, Khalil, Taylor, Chris Jr. and Taj. She and her family are members of Kingdom Fellowship AME Church (formerly Reid Temple North).

Major Accomplishments

  • Established Prince George’s County’s supplier diversity outreach program and trained over 16,000 businesses on obtaining and leveraging their business certification.
  • Increased the county’s Supplier Diversity customer base by over 30% from 2009 to 2018, achieved during a distressed economic environment.
  • Initiated and oversaw ongoing Division rebranding initiative to include new logo, collateral materials, unique SEO and social media strategies to solidify a cohesive corporate identity and support the new direction of the Supplier Development & Diversity Division.
  •  Spearheaded and executed regional 2013 marketing campaign (comprised of media and public relations initiatives and a Kick Off Reception at the National Harbor followed by a Business Conference & Expo that produced over 500 business owners) forming an alliance between Prince George’s County and the business community at large, while highlighting National Harbor.
  • Developed, designed and produce quarterly business magazine, “THE PULSE,” which serves as a resource of the most relevant and up-to-date opportunities in Prince George’s County.
  • Vice President of Villages of Marlborough Community Association which includes, overseeing budget, Community Appreciation Day, winter festivities and Community Grant Fund for 1,900 unit owners. Also, negotiated community revitalization project that would yield the addition of 300 new homes and community club house.
  • Parent involvement Coordinator, Prince George’s County PTA Council
  • Team Mom, Kettering Largo Mitchellville Boys and Girls Club
  • Founder, “Speak Up”, a comprehensive public speaking program, designed to help school aged children develop strong communication and life skills and build confidence.
  • Founder and Past President, Parent Teacher Association, Concord Elementary where she successfully facilitated a strong partnership between parents and teachers and fundraised and established a working budget of over a $5,000 for the next executive board.