The board of the Vermont Community Foundation announced that it has hired Dan Smith as its next President & CEO. Smith brings to the Community Foundation experience in public service, organizational planning and development, as well as a strong legal background.
Smith began his career as a law clerk in the Vermont Supreme Court and then practiced law at Downs Rachlin Martin before taking a position with the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation, where he led economic development efforts while crafting state and regional strategies to make key industry sectors more successful.
He also worked for a business management consulting company in Stowe before moving on to serve as director of community relations and public policy at Vermont State Colleges, where he developed and executed the institution’s state and federal public policy agenda.
Most recently, Smith served as president of Vermont Technical College, where he has strengthened the college’s financial picture and led a reorganization of college curriculum while deepening partnerships with employers in key state industries.
Says Vermont Community Foundation Board Chair Tim Volk, “Dan Smith is a remarkable Vermonter. He has deep roots here and a keen understanding of our people and institutions. He will be a tremendous asset for the Community Foundation as it continues to grow its impact and profile in the state.”
Smith said that the Foundation’s position in the community was one of the factors that most appealed to him. “For years, I have witnessed firsthand the impact of the Vermont Community Foundation. I am thrilled to be joining a team of talented and committed people working to build the vitality of Vermont communities. The Foundation is uniquely positioned to offer leadership and support philanthropic Vermonters across the state and I am looking forward to joining that effort.”
Smith, an eighth-generation Vermonter who grew up in central Vermont, holds a B.A. in History from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law.
He currently lives in Randolph with his wife Lindsay, who just finished her medical residency at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. They will be relocating to the Burlington area where she is joining an obstetrics and gynecology practice as a physician.
The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.