Adelaide Smith was appointed commissioner in May 2005 by Mayor Tom Murphy. In 2007, elected by her peers, Commissioner Smith served as Chair of the Commission until June 2011.
For 30 years, Commissioner Smith has promoted stronger community human services in the Pittsburgh region. Commissioner Smith attended Seton Hill University and the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) where she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Commissioner Smith has served as Vice President of the Pittsburgh Child Foundation, the director of the Allegheny County Bar Association Legal Placement Service and the President of Work Time Options, Inc. In 1984, Commissioner Smith became a member of the Board of Directors and president of the Development corporation at ACTION-Housing, Inc. where she assisted in providing affordable, decent housing, employment opportunities and educational needs to residents of the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Commissioner Smith has been an advocate for Peace Links for more than 20 years, helping young children in conflict with housing needs and is an active member of HeartPrints Early Education Center and the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. In April 2012, Commissioner Smith was re-appointed to another 4 year term on the Commission on Human Relations by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.