Danielle Smith is a leader that has a passion for the STEM field and has expanded the image of the engineering profession, especially to women and people of color. Her desire is to use her career leadership activities in the technical field to draw others into this profession.
Throughout her tenure at Baltimore Gas and Electric, Danielle continually focuses not only on her commitment to the company and to her customers but also on improving the community by giving back through volunteer service. Her drive to excel in the field of engineering not only allowed her to achieve her career goals, but it also continues to inspire Danielle’s passion for mentoring young people and for encouraging them to move into the STEM fields.
Danielle started with BGE in 1993 as an engineer/account representative and has held several positions within the company including: gas business developer, senior engineer of strategic customer planning, senior engineer of transmission engineering, design and standards, supervisor of design services, manager of customer experience & assurance, manager of workload management regional northeast and senior manager of project management. In her current role, she is responsible for managing electric distribution projects & programs, as well as, gas & electric facilities relocations.
Danielle’s passion for helping young people succeed in the STEM fields shines through as she commits her time to mentoring. She serves as an outstanding role model to students and young adults and she shares her personal success story to provide insight into why she went into the field of engineering.
Some of Danielle’s recognitions include: Recipient of the 2014 Special Recognition Award - Black Engineer of the Year (BEYA) and being highlighted in the Afro-American Newpapers’ Character Education Series and Computer and Engineering Horizons Innovators Magazine. She is the recipient of the US Black/Hispanic Engineer & Information Technology Women of Color Award, and the NTA Top 50 Minority Women in Science & Engineering.
Danielle brings 28 years of experience and holds an industrial engineering degree and a master’s in business administration, both from Morgan State University.
Danielle serves on the Howard Community College Educational Foundational Board. She is one of the founding members of the Exelon African American Resource Alliance (EAARA) - Baltimore Chapter. She is also a member of the Network of Exelon Women (NEW). As an active member of New Psalmist Baptist Church she is a graduate of their 3-year Discipleship Program.
Her advice to her mentees is: “Never give up. You’ll be faced with many challenges which will require you to make some important decisions that will affect your future. Think. Make your decision, and keep moving forward!”
She currently resides in Howard County, Maryland and takes joy in her three inspiring young men, Telly Jr, 19, Darius, 16, and Tyson, 13..
In 2020, she was named a Maryland Top 100 Woman by The Daily Record. Candace is the very proud mother of a college junior.