Letamarie Highsmith was employed as Vice President of Business Development for Specialized Packaging Group. Upon retirement in 2010 she turned her time and talents to serving her community.
She is also a founding member of the Dixwell Avenue Arts Festival, exposing New Haven’s urban youth to a wide array of art mediums. Ms. Highsmith is a former board member and board chair of Junta for Progressive Action; a non-profit organization that provides a wide range of education, counseling, legal, and social services to the Latinx community in the Greater New Haven area to advance an inclusive social, economic and civic community for all. Ms. Highsmith is also a former member of the Board of Directors of “Jane Doe No More” – a non profit organization whose mission is to empower survivors of sexual assault to find their voice, advance their healing and educate others. She speaks on panels and in classrooms bringing JDNM’s signature program, “Safe Student Initiative”, to students from middle school through college. She is also volunteers her time as a Survivor Speak coach. As a Licensed Bicycling Instructor, certified by the League of American Bicylists, Ms. Highsmith shares her love of cycling by teaching bicycle safety, and bicycle handling skills to children and adults. Ms. Highsmith received her undergraduate degree from the University of Connecticut and her MBA in International Business from the University of New Haven.