Dannette R. Smith - Director of Human Services
Dannette R. Smith, Director, Human Services Department. Ms. Smith was selected to be the Director for the Virginia Beach Human Services effective July 1, 2013. She leads over 1,200 employees across eight divisions and manages a budget in excess of $108.4 Million. This budget funds approximately 60 programs offering Virginia Beach citizens the opportunity to achieve the highest level of self-sufficiency, safety, and quality of life possible, through an array of coordinated services delivered in a climate of dignity, respect, and accountability. Ms. Smith has over 20 years of leadership experience in human services including: Director of Human Services for the city of Seattle, Washington; Regional/County Director of the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), Atlanta Georgia; Director of Youth and Family Services Division of the Department of Social Services, Mecklenburg County, Virginia; Several non-profits serving children and families, Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Smith has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois.