Gilbert V. Smart
was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He attended St. Aloysius Primary School before graduating from St. George’s College (STGC) in 1968. He migrated to San Francisco in 1969 to join his parents and younger sister. He attended City College of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and ultimately the University of San Francisco, majoring in Organizational Behavior Sciences and Business Administration.
Within two weeks of migrating he started work at Western States Bank Card Association (WSBA) one of the first master charge credit card data processing centers in San Francisco; he performed various data processing roles and was rapidly promoted to supervisorial and management positions with increased levels of responsibility through 1977, when he resigned to explore entrepreneurial opportunities. For several years thereafter he owned & operated Xaymaca Records/Riddim Productions a reggae record store in Berkeley, California while dabbling in the entertainment industry booking shows and managing several reggae bands in the Bay Area.
In 1979, he worked for the Economic Opportunity Council of San Francisco (EOC) as a Personnel Officer, providing various services to poverty stricken adults and children. In 1982, he was hired by Masonic Homes of California, a Continuing Retirement Care Community (CCRC) in the East Bay, as Director of Personnel. This started a twenty-one year tenure in the long-term care industry serving in various management and Executive positions as Director of Business Services, Residential Care Administrator (California Licensed RCFE), and ultimately as Assistant Administrator/Budget Administrator. After working for Masonic Homes of California, he ventured briefly in the home refurbishing business before joining the Executive team of Tri-City Health Center in 2005 as Finance Director/CFO. He assisted with a major turnaround for this Alameda County based Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that provided primary healthcare services for the underserved and uninsured, and left a financially revitalized organization in 2008. He has voluntarily served on various committees & Boards including the Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA Inc.), the Regional Occupation Program (Fremont ROP) and as prominent cricket player, supporter, coach & consultant throughout the past 5 decades in Northern California. He currently resides in Hayward with his wife and 2 sons.