Hawa Care Gray-Smith is originally from Monrovia, Liberia where she was brought up until the age of ten. Her maternal side are still living in Liberia. During her time spent there, she went to one of the best elementary school in her town called Zoe Louis Preparatory School; however, the distance she had to travel was far (about two hours walk total each day). In September 2004, Hawa and her two older sisters immigrated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they lived for two years and then moved to Upper Darby. She attended Upper Darby High School where she graduated in 2012. She was also blessed to attend Delaware County Technical School within tenth grade to twelfth grade and she was able to obtain her Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
After high school, Hawa attended Temple University for two years and switched to Barclay College majoring in Business Management. She served with KEYS Service Corps- AmeriCorps from August 2016 to July 2017 within the Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA. She also worked as a manager for Faithful Hands Academy, Upper Darby for about two years and started a construction company called Sherman Renovation with a very good friend. Now, she serves with Youth and Opportunity United – AmeriCorps.
She is a very creative and artistic person and loves to express herself through poetry, dance, music or short stories. She has a female dog named Bella who is Chow Shepherd.