Washington, D.C.—Christine D. Smith, formerly associate vice president for Main Campus development and senior director of development for the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, has been appointed the first chief advancement officer of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The new advancement office brings together Carnegie’s fundraising, marketing, and communications efforts. “I am confident that the new advancement effort will take Carnegie science to the next level of growth,” commented Carnegie president Richard Meserve.

Smith brings a broad range of expertise to Carnegie. She is experienced in individual, corporate, and foundation fundraising, campaign planning and execution, international fundraising, board management, prospect management, advancement communications, and strategic planning.

Smith served at Georgetown from 1997 through 2005. Prior to 1997, she worked in advancement at Lehigh University, Purdue University, and Stanford University. She received her B.A. in sociology at Tulane University and a master’s in education at Purdue. Smith lives in D.C. and is a resident of Bethlehem, PA, where she lives with her husband, Charles R. Smith, professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Lehigh University.


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