Mayor Pro Tem Lissa Smith
Mayor Pro Tem Lissa Smith has made her home in Plano since 1990. After she arrived in Plano, she knew that it would take more than just living here to call it home, she wanted to be an active participant in the community and over the years she has worked hard to make that idea a reality.
Lissa has been a longtime community activist and Collin County civic leader. With each opportunity she had to volunteer her time and talents, she helped contribute to the betterment of Plano with her dedication, knowledge and proven ability to get things accomplished.
Lissa has served with numerous boards and organizations including the North Texas Commission Board of Directors, the Plano Symphony Board of Directors, Collin County Healthcare Foundation Advisory Board, Hope's Door Board of Directors, Leadership Plano and Collin College Foundation Board of Directors to name a few.
Due to her extensive experience in Plano and other North Texas communities, State Senator Florence Shapiro asked Lissa to join her staff in 1999. For 13 years, Lissa served as district director for Texas State Senator Shapiro, gaining extensive knowledge of regional, state and national government relations. Most recently she served as CEO of Meals on Wheels Collin County. Her work has had a positive impact on her community and state.
In 2009, Lissa was elected to her first term on the City Council. She was re-elected in 2013 and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem. "As a member of the Plano City Council, I am committed to using my local community involvement and civic experience to focus on economic development, regional transportation and maintaining the high level of city services we have come to expect with a focus on public safety. It is an honor to serve the Plano community".
Lissa is the former co-chair of the Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition; she is also on the board of the North Texas Council of Governments and serves on the Regional Transportation Council.
Lissa's dedication and commitment to strengthening her community has been recognized by numerous organizations. She was named one of the "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" by Inside Collin County Business, she was selected as the inaugural member of the North Texas Commission's Leadership North Texas class and she was a recipient of the Collin County League of United Latin American Citizens Civic Award and this spring was named Art Advocate of the Year by the Plano Children's Theatre for her work on behalf of the arts community in Plano.
While attending the University of North Texas, Lissa met her husband, Bill. They have two children, Blake and Alexis.