Lachelle Smith is the Program Manager for Idaho ECHO. Prior to joining the WWAMI team, Lachelle was most recently a special projects contractor for the public utility company in American Samoa. She previously managed a $1.5 million grant portfolio of AmeriCorps VISTA and Senior Corps programs that focused primarily on meeting health and education needs in communities across Idaho. Lachelle taught elementary school music in Minnesota before earning a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Except for a two-year stint in the South Pacific, she has called Boise home since 2010.
Lachelle is passionate about social justice and routinely volunteers with organizations that support access to resources for underrepresented groups. She actively mentors a refugee family in Boise, and previously worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Indiana. She also taught high school in the Kingdom of Tonga in the South Pacific, and worked at an underprivileged kids camp in Connecticut.
Lachelle loves to listen to podcasts, run in the foothills, and travel.