Chelsea Smith

Chelsea Smith is the operations and partnerships director of CO+HOOTS and HUUB. She is a former entrepreneur herself having founded and run her own pilates studio. As she transitioned away from her entrepreneurial roots, she shifted into community advocacy and led the grassroots nonprofit organization, the Urban Phoenix Project. She brings her passion for purpose-driven work and love for supporting local to the CO+HOOTS and HUUB communities.

Her extensive experience with the day-to-day challenges of running a small business and nonprofit help her produce thoughtful and engaging programs for CO+HOOTS and HUUB communities. She is keenly aware of the struggles faced by business owners and is on a mission to help entrepreneurs overcome obstacles and be successful. Her advocacy work has also laid the groundwork from which she actively works to create a more inclusive and equitable ecosystem. Chelsea is also a bit of a processes and systems nut and applies those skills to her role to keep the CO+HOOTS and HUUB communities humming


Jenny Poon is a serial entrepreneur and and most notably founder of HUUB, a city-wide entrepreneur platform. Before HUUB, she has been building equitable ecosystems as founder of CO+HOOTS, a purpose-driven coworking and entrepreneur center. Ranked No. 4 coworking space in the U.S. by, CO+HOOTS currently houses 280+ scaling entrepreneurs and small businesses and has been an integral role in creating thousands of jobs locally. She has led CO+HOOTS from its inception in 2010 to being recently ranked the No. 1 most innovative coworking space in the world. Through her background in business, design-thinking and marketing, she built a place where she could connect with like-minded professionals who believe business growth comes from collaboration between different industries. She speaks regularly on leadership, the importance of nurturing innovation in the workspace and works tirelessly to create scalable solutions for entrepreneurs and economic developers. She believes we, collectively, can build vibrant and equitable cities everywhere.

Jenny serves as an advisor for numerous startups, Board Chair of CO+HOOTS Foundation (a 501c3 nonprofit) and as a mentor for several young entrepreneurs. Jenny was named Phoenix Business Journal’s 2016 Phoenix Businessperson of the Year. The first minority and the first woman to receive the honor.


other semi-interesting stuff ABOUT Chelsea

  • Nationally Certified Pilates Teacher
  • Named “Best Pilates Instructor” by Arizona Foothills Magazine in 2015
  • Former Phoenix Community Alliance Board Member

Common topics Chelsea Speaks on

  • Community Building
  • Community Management
  • Automation
  • Working with government
  • Small business/Entrepreneurship
  • Community Advocacy
  • Book Nerd 100% 100%
  • Hot Sauce Lover 80% 80%
  • Plant Mom 50% 50%
  • Allergic to folding laundry 25% 25%