Joe Smoke

Grants Administration Division Director
City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs
Los Angeles, California

Joe Smoke is a senior executive with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, where he has worked for the past 20 years facilitating grant-investments to approximately 340 annual grantees who produce more than 1200 free and low-cost public activities/events each cycle. In addition, Joe has been an active history professor in Southern California, researcher, and writer (at five universities in the past 26 years). His knowledge-box is best described as: the creative arts, cultural studies, community services, and civic society.

Mr. Smoke received his bachelor’s degree in art & archaeology (specializing in the world history of photography, with a secondary emphasis on American studies) from Princeton University in 1987. He completed his graduate studies in media theory & practice at UCLA in 1992. 

In his spare time he is either: a gardener, a traveler, or a designer of men’s and women’s jewelry, depending upon the mood.