Colleen Smith

Deputy Director and Director of Development

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Colleen Smith is a long-standing figure in the field of development and fundraising in the Commonwealth. She is a graduate of Mary Baldwin College and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She has held pivotal roles around Virginia for over 25 years, focusing on the expansion of deserving programs like the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier, Ash Lawn Opera, Tandem Friends School, and the University of Virginia's Darden School and McIntire School.

Colleen is currently the deputy director and director of development for the Sorensen Institute, where she continues to focus on the health and well-being of its operations.

She and her husband Bob have been married for 39 years and have two daughters, four grandchildlren, and an abundance of chickens at their Albemarle County home.

(434) 982-4910, cms3q@virginia.edu

Featured Alumni

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    Ashley Boyd Diette

    College Leaders Program

    Class of 2004

    Ashley is government teacher at Hampton Roads Academy and a former director of alumni development at Christopher Newport University. She previously served in both Governor Mark Warner's and Governor Tim Kaine's administrations. She also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Hampton Roads Regional Advisory Board.