PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE
The Honorable Katherine B. Smith received her instruments of appointment as a Senator on May 22nd, 2017 after the historic victory of the Free National Movement in the May 10th, 2017 general election. She was then elected President of the Senate of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas on May 24th, 2017. Prior to her current appointment she also served in the Bahamas Senate in 2001 and 2007. Her first appointment in 2001 was part of the historic achievement of gender equality in the make-up of the Senate. Senator Smith has served as a Diplomat having represented The Bahamas in the United States as its first Consul General in 2009 for the South Eastern United States based in Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to her appointment as Consul General, she served as Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister Freeport, Grand Bahama with responsibility for Bahamas Information Service, the Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas and administrative oversight of the Office of the Prime Minister on Grand Bahama.
Senator Smith has always demonstrated a commitment to serving her community. She is a former Local Government Councilor for the High Rock Constituency; has served as a member of the Board of the Public Hospitals Authority and served as Chairman of its Human Resources Committee; is a former President of the Grand Bahama Amateur Softball Association; has played softball for over thirty years and as an Administrator of the sport, has actively been involved in the development of softball both locally and nationally; is a Past President of the Free National Movement Women’s Association of Grand Bahama, and has been instrumentally involved in working in several local and national election campaigns in The Bahamas. Most recently she served as Communications Director for the Free National Movement’s 2017 election campaign and was responsible for coining the campaign theme “It’s the People’s Time.” She currently serves as Fundraising Chairman for the Grand Bahama Children’s Home and is Founder and Chairman of the GirlCon Organization a group whose mission is “To Advocate for, Inspire and Empower girls to be more.”
Senator Smith has held several Senior Management positions in the private sector in Public Relations and Marketing, Corporate Affairs, Human Resources and Training, Hotel Operations, and Business and Economic Development. She currently serves as Managing Director for Beast Communications a boutique public relations firm specializing in media outreach and planning, communication services and brand awareness.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from DeVry University, Atlanta Georgia and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL) from Barry University, Miami, Florida.
Senator Smith is married to Godfrey Smith and they are the parents of three adult children Godfrey Jr, Keath and Sydney and one grandchild Neveah.