Nick's been recognized for his contributions to public service.
Several examples are below.
In 2023, Nick joined elected and appointed officials, power players and others as part of AMNY’s 2023 Manhattan Power List.
Nick was recognized by College and Community Fellowship for his leadership in opening up educational and employment opportunities for those with justice system involvement, including by championing the Fair Chance Act and federal/state funding for college access in carceral facilities.
In December, 2022, Nick was recognized as part of AMNY's inaugural Power Players Rising list, alongside Council Members, non-profit leaders and corporate executives.
Photo (c) AMNY / PoliticsNY.
In February 2021, Crain's New York Business spotlighted the work Nick's partic to increase workplace protections for employees, provide property tax relief to homeowners due to COVID-19 and improve public safety. He joined many other Notable Black Leaders in several different industries.
Photo (c) Davaughn Cunningham.
In late 2019, City and State Magazine recognized Nick in that year's 40 Under 40 class of New Yorkers impacting their fields. He joined numerous public figures who were honorees in years past, including Borough Presidents, Council Members, Non-Profit Executives, others.
Photo (c) Celeste Sloman/City & State Magazine
How did you get where you are today? "I was fortunate. I knew that I wanted to be a policy maker at 15 years old. My political awareness started in 2000, when I saw Florida government officials systematically disenfranchise black and brown voters to prevent them from voting for their choice of Presidential candidate."
"The system was designed to disenfranchise us. The laws traditionally pertained to us punitively. However, we are successfully changing that narrative. We are mainstream in that we are occupying spaces that aren’t meant for us.” -Nick E. Smith, 2019 Class of Strivers. www.striversrow.co Photo (c) CreatedByJarrod
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