Assistant Project Manager
Renewable Energy Coordination Office
California Desert District
Florence Smith prepares correspondence and reports, assists in establishing and tracking case files for renewable energy projects and ensures quality control standards and procedures for project data files.
In a region where communities tend to all run together, Florence Smith grew up in Highland, California on the very outskirts of the city of San Bernardino, nestled against the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains. Highland's original townsite was founded in 1891, and the community soon became an important contributor to the citrus industry.
Florence hasn't fallen too far from the tree. She now lives in Grand Terrace, which is slightly to the west and south of Highland, between the cities of Riverside and San Bernardino.
Although new to BLM, Florence has been a federal employee for more than 12 years. She started working for the Department of the Army as a contract hire through a temp agency in 1997. The following year she was hired as a unit administrator for the 489th Maintenance Company in San Bernardino. She became the unit administrator for the Soldier Processing Center at March Air Reserve Base in 2005. Her last assignment was as the staff administrative assistant for the 304th Sustainment Brigade at March ARB. She transferred to BLM in November of 2009.
In addition to serving as a unit administrator, Florence was and still serves as a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserve. She was mobilized and deployed to Mosul, Iraq in 2006/2007.
Florence obtained an associates degree from San Bernardino Valley College and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in health science from TUI University. She needs three more classes to graduate.
Florence is the proud mother of three daughters and says they are wonderful young ladies. The girls keep her and her husband, Manuel, busy with soccer and basketball and the many activities of today's youth.