Since 2006, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Broward County. She was appointed as the only woman and the youngest administrator to lead a Florida affiliate of the National Urban League, a historic civil rights organization dedicated to securing economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights.
Under Dr. Baugh’s leadership, the Urban League of Broward County has had significant accomplishments while serving more than 9,000 individuals and families every year through education, jobs, housing, and health initiatives. These achievements include opening the 28,000 sq.ft. state-of-the-art Community Empowerment Center in Fort Lauderdale, where Urban League programs and services were expanded to further the mission. In addition, Dr. Baugh spearheaded efforts to secure Greater Fort Lauderdale as the premier destination for the 2015 National Urban League Conference – which was recognized as the third largest conference in National Urban League history, attracting over 13,000 attendees and generating an estimated economic impact of $10 million for the region. Also, in 2016, she and her team worked to expand Urban League’s services to include the Entrepreneurship Center and Small Business Loan Fund to support minority-owned businesses.
Dedicating her career to creating opportunities for economic success, Dr. Baugh has served on and held leadership positions for numerous executive boards in Broward County. They included 2010 US Census Complete Count Sub-Committee; Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; and Leadership Florida’s 2015-2016 Class. She also serves as an active member of the Board of Directors for Holy Cross Hospital, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Commonwealth Institute of Florida. In 2017, Dr. Baugh was named the Southern Regional Vice President for the National Urban League’s Association of Executives.
In addition, she has provided counsel to the National Urban League’s Affiliate Network, the ICABA South Florida Advisory Board, and the Jim Moran Institute Advisory Committee to develop and implement programs, partnerships, and events to increase synergy among leadership groups.
Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D
President & Chief Executive Officer
Urban League of Broward Count