Colleen Smith

Deputy Director and Director of Development


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.

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Featured Alumni

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    Bobby Mathieson

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 1999

    Bobby is a U.S. Marshall serving Virginia's Eastern District.

    He was a Virginia Beach police officer from 1975 to 2002, retiring as a master police officer. He later held a leadership post in the state Department of Criminal Justice and was subsequently elected to the Virginia House of Delegates where he represented the 21st District.