An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.

/  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  /


About Us

Front Porch Insights is an Ohio based firm that provides community engagement consulting services. Our focus is on providing meaningful experiences that activate the voices of local stakeholders with an environmental and sustainability lens. Our Founding CEO & President, Shanelle L. Smith, develops innovative community-driven equitable strategies and solutions throughout the United States leveraging 16 years of experience working as a non-profit and local government leader building community-driven partnerships.


If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

/  African Proverb  /



Our Approach

At Front Porch Insights, we are listeners first. Our Founding CEO’s grandmothers, Alma and Selma, were pillars in their communities. They were the women that kept the pulse and guarded the neighborhood children by listening to the needs of the people. Guardians and listeners right from their front porches. Front Porch Insights seeks to engage communities, like Alma and Selma once did, from house to house through listening to build consensus, to understand needs, assets, opportunities and to uplift the cultural identities of existing neighborhoods. 


Our Services

Community Engagement Services are performed in close contact with local leaders, and may include design, development, assistance, and/or implementation for at least some of the following tools (and perhaps additional ones), with the goal being to achieve broad public understanding and input