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Jeffrey Smith

Senior Donor Advisor

Inspiration: “Peace is not simply the absence of conflict but the existence of justice for all people.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

What working in this community means to me: “As someone who grew up in St. Paul and has lived in Minneapolis for the better part of the last two decades, working in this community is vitally important to me. I want the Twin Cities community to be more equitable for the next generation of community members and am committed to making that happen.”

As a senior donor advisor, Jeff works with Greater Twin Cities United Way donors to show them the impact they can have in the community through their support. He finds connection between each donor’s philanthropic priorities and the work of Greater Twin Cities United Way.

Prior to joining the team at United Way, Jeff worked in various fundraising and program administration roles in the Twin Cities community, including: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Common Hope, and Minnesota Public Radio. Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

Jeff is a past board chair at Centro Tyrone Guzman (a proud grant recipient of Greater Twin Cities United Way.) He lives with his wife, Karen, and two children in Minneapolis. They are a bilingual family and have hosted international students from various countries over the years. Jeff is an avid golfer, gardener, cross country skier, cyclist, and anything else that gets the family outdoors.