District 2 - Greg Z. Smith
Councilor Smith describes the way he got from birth in El Paso to his eventual home in Las Cruces as a forty mile distance that took twenty years and over 30,000 miles of travel from one home to the next. The Smith family lived as far north and west as Anchorage and as far south and east as Buenos Aires. His travels then and more recently have taken him as far north as Fairbanks, as far south as Ushuaia (Argentina), as far east as Constanta (Romania), and as far west as Kauai (Hawaii). People, architecture, and history have been natural parts of that traveling life.
Greg’s late father was Donald Evans Smith. His mother is a local artist, Jo-an Richardson Smith. His wife, Allison Kuper Smith, is a graduate of Las Cruces High School and of the Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management School at New Mexico State University (NMSU).
Education and Early Career
Greg studied architecture at Texas A&M University and holds a Bachelor degree in Environmental Design from A&M as well as a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction degree from the University of Texas at Austin. After 20 years teaching elementary school, Greg came home to Las Cruces where three generations of his family have lived. Here he started a residential design business and also quickly became involved in several local non-profit organizations.
Elected to represent District 2 in 2011 and 2015, Councilor Smith was also elected by his colleagues on the Council to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in 2013 and 2015. He has advocated for collaborations with the Las Cruces Public Schools and chairs the Partnership for Community Schools. He has also advocated for art in public places, the creative economy, innovative infill initiatives, the plaza and downtown revitalization, historic preservation, the community pool, police body cameras, networking via New Mexico Municipal League and National League of Cities, an expanded and more accessible Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, the new Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch Center (911 Call Center), and numerous other programs and initiatives related to quality of life and opportunities in Las Cruces.
He sees our community as poised to shine in many areas.
City Charter Section 2.04 General Powers and Duties
All powers of the city shall be vested in the council, except as otherwise provided by law or this Charter, and the council shall provide for the exercise thereof and for the performance of all duties and obligations imposed on the city by law.