Fonda Smith

Division Manager

 Fonda received her bachelor of arts  degree in criminal justice from San Francisco State University.

She joined UCSF in 2017 and recently served as the operations manager for the Memory and Aging Center. In this role, Fonda provided operational oversight for the center and partnered with the executive leadership to establish center goals and objectives. Through this work, Fonda led activities that fostered awareness, accountability, education, transparency and advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility. In recognition of her leadership and contributions to UCSF, Fonda received the prestigious Holly Smith Award in 2022.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Fonda grew up in poverty and was impacted by the social justice issues such as mass incarceration and gentrification that continuously plague under-served communities of color. She began working in the nonprofit sector at a very early age to empower communities of color and help those in need. She immediately made it her life’s mission to uplift and amplify the voices of those in underserved communities, advocating for positive social justice for all. During the summer of the second civil rights movement in 2020, she was instrumental in using her passion, leadership and community focus to establish the Memory and Aging Center’s Coalition on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CODE) and the Black Leadership Advisory Council (BLAC).