Deborah Smith

Deborah Smith is a senior executive within the Global Financial Services industry with 30 plus years of experience.  Her focus has been in the investment management arena (custody and asset servicing) for institutional clients.

Most recently, she was a director/team leader at Citi in their Transaction Services Group. While at Citi, she launched and oversaw a new client service/relationship management protocol for Third Party Asset Managers, a previously underserved client segment. Client satisfaction improved 100% with this group as a result of this new dedicated focus.

Prior to Citi, Deborah was at State Street, which she joined in the early 90s. During her tenure at State Street, Deborah held various relationship management, new business development, and marketing positions within the firm's Global Services Group and Corporate Marketing Group respectively. This included, as global relationship management executive, handling a portfolio of, and growing and deepening the firm's relationships with, some of State Street's Platinum Clients including Ford Motor Company, IBM, and Hewlett-Packard.

Deborah also served briefly as State Street's first chief knowledge officer, leading and executing its Knowledge Management and Thought Leadership Initiatives.

A civic leader active in the Boston community, Deborah has served on a number of nonprofit and community boards, both local and national. These include advocacy for early childhood education, community development, and an arts board. She presently serves on the Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children (early childhood education advocacy/research for underserved children); the New England Conservatory of Music, WorldBoston (convener of topical geopolitical forums; promoter of one-to-one citizen diplomacy), and Mount Auburn Cemetery.  

Impassioned about sustainability, social justice, and social philanthropy, Deborah is a recent co-founder of the New England Chapter of Conscious Capital and a member of WISE (Women Investing for a Sustainable Economy). She also serves as a coach to the Social Innovation Forum, a nonprofit dedicated to social change through its philanthropic funding awarded to socially innovative nonprofits and social impact entrepreneurs.

A former president of the Junior League of Boston, she served for two terms on its national board, the Association of Junior Leagues International.

Deborah is a graduate of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.