Smith is eating lunch at the South Miami-Dade eatery Lots of Lox. She dubs the place her "office." In between bites of a ham sandwich, she grows more passionate on the subject of Miami-Dade County politics and citizen participation. "Most people have a feeling of complete powerlessness," she says. "Apathy has set in. I believe each and every single one of us working and taking responsibility can and will make a difference."