Colleen Smith

Director of Development


Colleen Smith joined the Sorensen Institute as Director of Development in September of 2007. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Sorensen Institute's fundraising objectives. Colleen came to Sorensen from James Madison's Montpelier, where she held the position of Director of Corporate and Foundation Relation since 2003. At Montpelier Colleen was part of a fundraising team that was charged with providing the resources to restore the home of James and Dolley Madison as well as promoting its mission of constitutional education.

With over twenty years of development experience, Colleen has held positions at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and The Darden School. Other experience includes Tandem Friends School, Ash Lawn Opera, West Virginia Special Olympics, and development consulting. Colleen is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and Indiana University, where she received her masters in Philanthropic Studies from the Center for Philanthropy.

She is on the board of directors of Four County Players in Barboursville, and is a past president of the PVCC Alumni Association. Colleen lives in Albemarle County with her husband Bob, a scientific illustrator.

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