Christopher Smitherman was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and reared here, with his five siblings, by their parents: Dr. Herbert and Mrs. Barbara Smitherman. He attended high school at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. He earned a post secondary degree in criminal justice at The Ohio State University and completed a master's degree in Counseling at Bowling Green State University.
Christopher Smitherman spent several years in the residence life field while pursuing his education at Ohio State and Bowling Green. Wheeling Jesuit University, Wheeling, WV, hired him as their Director of Residence Life, Summer Conferences and Adult Education. Smitherman implemented policy changes in the Residence Life Department and he was responsible for unprecedented growth in summer revenue for the University.
In 1997, Smitherman settled his family in Cincinnati and opened his financial planning practice. In 2009 he moved his financial planning office into the Bond Hill neighborhood. He campaigned as a Charterite candidate for Cincinnati City Council in 2003. He was elected and served a two-year term. In 2007, he was elected president of the NAACP Cincinnati Branch and immediately began coordinating details to host a widely successful national convention in 2008. Smitherman campaigned again in the 2011 City Council race. He was elected as an Independent candidate for the 2011-13 term. He simultaneously serves as Cincinnati City Council member and Cincinnati NAACP president.
Smitherman is married and has five children.