Amos Smith


President & CEO

"Results Oriented Management and Accountability is what we are all about for the prosperity of our community”


In May 2006. Mr. Smith took on the position of President CEO. He reports to a Board of Directors currently comprised of 15 members. In addition, he manages a budget of $20.4 million for an organization that serves 35,000 individuals and approximately 12,500 families. CAANH covers a span of 25 towns and has a staff of 50 employees. During his tenure at CAANH, he turned the agency around with many notable achievements that include: creating a better and more well rounded Board of Directors, creating better fiscal management and accountability within the agency and with funders. He built a more skilled, educated staff. He created the branded CAANH theme Passport to Prosperity™. He achieved (NIQCA) Best Practice standards, and moved the agency to a new location. His newest venture focuses on a five-block radius from the new location to collaborate with the community on every level of need.

Mr. Smith is trained as a Results Based Accountability (RBA) coach with The Annie E. Casey Foundation. He is currently the President of the New England Community Action Partnership (NECAP) and Vice President of the Connecticut Association for Community Action (CAFCA). He has also been selected as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet on Nonprofit Health and Human Services.


Prior to his work at CAANH, Mr. Smith was the Director of Health Grant-making; and Director of Programs at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.


While at The Foundation, he was responsible for over site areas of Health and Disparities. He also served as the Principal Investigator for the federally funded New Haven Healthy Start project, chartered to improve Maternal and Child Health for women in New Haven. He and his colleagues at The Foundation was featured in a national report that highlighted the work of The Foundation on Policy Related Matters and Fatherhood.


Mr. Smith and his colleagues were cited in an article that was published by The American Journal of Public Health, May 2003, titled “Health Policy and the Coloring of an American Male Crisis: A Perspective on Community-Based Health Services, where he speaks to the inter-section of individual health and the health of the community.


He presented on topics such as “Working to Build Our Community’s Health” and “Building Effective Partnerships and Collaborations.”


In September 2006, he was the 8th recipient of the Prevention Award, given by The Yale Consultation Center for recognition of his innovative work and effective programs for the Greater New Haven community.  


In December 2008, Mr. Smith had the honor of speaking on a panel about men’s health disparities at the National Institute of Health Summit in Maryland. In October 2009, he was a keynote speaker at the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts Conference in Houston, Texas. His focus at that conference was “The Changing Dynamic of a New Economy and Its Impact on Fathers, Families, and Courts Systems.” In June 2013, Mr. Smith participated in the Social Innovation Summit at the United Nations, in New York City.