Meet the Lower Hill Team: Q&A with Janai Williams Smith
"This work matters - access to
opportunity and wealth matters -
this community matters."
Janai Williams Smith, EVP/Managing Director, E. Holdings
Q: What is your role on the Lower Hill Project?
A: E. Holdings is contracted by the Buccini/Pollin Group to communicate with and coordinate efforts for minority and women-owned businesses interested in the Lower Hill development project. My role is to lead our efforts and help connect MWBE firms with partners, resources and any information needed to provide services and/or perform work as part of the Lower Hill development efforts.
Q: What impact will your work have on the project?
A: We will be successful if we are able to provide opportunities for wealth building by maximizing inclusion in redevelopment efforts – that will be our impact.
Q: Why is this work important?
A: This work matters – access to opportunity and wealth matters – this community matters. As a Hill District based business, owned by current and former residents, we are committed to meaningfully contributing to our community. We are passionate about connecting minority and women-owned businesses to fruitful projects that can change or grow their business. How and who helps rebuild and reconnect the Lower Hill matters.