LaToya Egwuekwe-Smith was appointed Chief of Staff to the IAM Midwest Territory on July 1, 2020.
Egwuekwe-Smith brings over 20 years of exceptional leadership, strong crisis management experience, and strategic and creative thinking skills.
Born and raised in the Chicago area to two proud union parents, Egwuekwe-Smith initiated into the IAM in 2008 as a Communications Representative at IAM Headquarters in Upper Marlboro, MD. She was appointed Territorial Communications Representative to the IAM Midwest Territory in Illinois in January 2016, where she developed and implemented cutting edge programs for contract negotiations, organizing, and political communications.
Egwuekwe-Smith previously worked as a political television news reporter/anchor for The Florida Channel in Tallahassee, FL, and as a television news producer for WEWS-TV in Cleveland, OH.
She is the creator of “The Decline: The Geography of a Recession” – an animated map that shows the progression of U.S. unemployment from January 2007 to February 2011. Her work has been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, BoingBoing and hundreds of blogs, local newspapers and television outlets around the world.
Egwuekwe-Smith is the founder of Hire Ground, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on helping the long-term unemployed get back to work. She is a former Vice President of the International Labor Communications Association (ILCA) Executive Council. Egwuekwe-Smith was also a 2014 Fellow of the Washington, DC chapter of a growing group of next generation progressive leaders known as the New Leaders Council.
Egwuekwe-Smith has a Master of Arts in Interactive Journalism from American University in Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications in Hampton, VA.