About Greg 


Gregory Z. Smith is a Las Cruces City Councilor and has represented District 2 after winning elections in 2011 and in 2015. He served as Mayor Pro-tem from 2013-2017. He has also been a small businessman specializing in custom, adobe, residential design (Designs in Adobe - DnA). Prior to returning to Las Cruces in 2005, he was an elementary school teacher in Austin, Texas, for 20 years.


Greg has been very active in our community and has a long history of service here. Some of the highlights are listed below:

  • He is a founding board member of Paleozoic Trackways Foundation (2005-2017) that helped get ancient, and unusually well-preserved, fossil trackways from the Paleozoic Era (before dinosaurs) protected as the Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.  He also served two terms as president of that foundation.

  • He served as a member of the Downtown Las Cruces Partnership (formerly Las Cruces Downtown) board of directors from 2006 to 2011 and was board president from 2009 to 2011.

  • He founded Aquatics Get Us Active (AGUA) and served on the board both as a member and as president from 2008 to 2011.

  • From 2010 to 2011, he chaired the Las Cruces Centennial Committee, which coordinated the opening events for the yearlong commemoration of the Centennial of New Mexico Statehood in Las Cruces (the Centennial SalsaFest!) in 2011 and the much celebrated Centennial Parade on January 7, 2012.  He also participated in the reenactment of President Taft's signing of the bill making New Mexico a state at the NM Farm and Heritage Museum at the exact moment of the signing on January 6, 2012.

  • He served on the board for the Mesquite - Original Townsite Gateway & Bus stop Project 2008-2010

  • Las Esperanzas  2008-2011

  • Mesilla Valley Preservation Inc.  2009-Present

  • Doña Ana County Senior Olympics 2009-2010

Gregory Z. Smith was born on October 29, 1953, in El Paso, Texas to Donald Evans Smith (1930-1980) Lt. Col. (R) US Army and Jo-an Richardson Smith, who is an active Las Cruces artist and jeweler. He has one brother, Jeffrey.


Greg taught in several elementary schools in Austin, Texas, for 20 years. He met his first wife, Deborah Mae Greenacre-Smith (1951-1999) while both were teaching at one of those schools. Unfortunately, in 1999, she succumbed to pneumonia and respiratory distress syndrome after surviving ovarian cancer twenty years earlier.  Greg came home to Las Cruces in 2005. In 2007, he found love again with Allison Kuper Smith. They married in 2009 and have been going strong ever since. 

A life-long aquatics enthusiast, as a youth, Greg swam with the El Paso Aqua Posse. He also swam on varsity teams in high school and at Texas A&M University. In addition, Greg ran varsity track in high school and played varsity water polo in college.  As an adult competitive swimmer, he has participated in numerous local, state, and national swimming championships.


Education - High School/College

  • Escuela Americana, San Salvador, El Salvador 1967-1968

  • Balboa High School, Balboa, Panama Canal Zone 1968-1970

  • Burges High School, El Paso, Texas 1970-1971

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University 1971-1975  

  • Teaching Certificate, UT Austin, 1983-1986

  • Master of Arts, Curriculum and Instruction, Math Specialization, University of Texas at Austin 1983-1989


Teaching Experience

  • Gullett Elementary School  1985-1987 4th Grade

  • Sims Elementary School  1987-1989 4th Grade

  • Galindo Elementary School  1989-1995 and 1998-1999 4th Grade and 5th Grade

  • NYOS Charter School 2001-2002 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade, 2002-2005 4th & 5th Grade 

Community Activities & Awards

  • Tents to Rents    

  • Team Zane - Celebrity Waiters

  • Saint Baldrick’s 

  • Doña Ana Arts Council - Community Arts Award

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