Elshadai Smith-Mensah

Elshadai Smith-Mensah


Elshadai Smith-Mensah is an associate at Access Ventures helping with affordable housing and supportive employment initiatives.

From Ashland, KY, she is a recent graduate of the University of Louisville where she majored in Marketing and minored in Entrepreneurship and Management. She works with local nonprofit, Canopy, developing a social enterprise certification program and engaging stakeholders.

Elshadai’s motivation for her work streams from her passion to use business as a vehicle for social change. In her free time, she enjoys exploring, attending community events, reading, and working with students.

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.” - Cecil Beaton

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