Makeda Smith received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from Temple University in 2013. Born in Los Angeles, CA, she was raised in Richmond, VA where she began her dance training, attending the Center For the Arts at Henrico High School. Makeda was first introduced to Urban Bush Women, participating in master classes during her time performing and training with the Richmond City Dance Theatre from 2006 to 2009. In addition to her interest and years of experience in fashion retailing, merchandising, client relations and management, Makeda is a self-taught Social Media and Marketing Director currently working with performance art collective, ColemanCollective, and event planning business, Luxury x Elegance x Allure, LC. She has taken on an immense interest in arts administration and is truly honored to be reunited with UBW, joining its staff in December of 2018.