Martha Smith has a long history as USMF trustee and staff since the organization's inception. She served as President and CEO of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation from January 2012-April 2014, and previously founded and served as Executive President of Fundación del Empresariado en México, A.C., (Fundemex), a foundation established by the National Business Council and the principal business associations in Mexico to contribute to the social and economic development of impoverished communities in Mexico.
Ms. Smith held several executive positions at Bank of Boston for 10 years. In 1985, she began her dedication to the nonprofit sector at the Junior League of Mexico, managing its Housing Reconstruction Fund. Ms. Smith has been President of the Junior League of Mexico, of the Mothers' Guild of Mexico, of Quiera (foundation of the Mexican Bankers’ Association), and in 1999 she was appointed the first CEO of Christel House of Mexico. She was Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) where she was member of the Board of Directors for 20 years.
Ms. Smith actively collaborated with Universidad Iberoamericana and Tec de Monterrey in the design and implementation of innovative graduate programs related to capacity building for non profit organizations. For two years Martha also managed her own weekly column on Corporate Social Responsibility in Spanish in “El Economista”, a prestigious Mexican daily newspaper.
In 2002, the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) honored Ms. Smith with its coveted "Commitment to Others" award. In 2007 she was one of the five finalists considered for the "Visionaries" Prize, awarded by UBS to social entrepreneurs worldwide.
Martha is also a board member of Wal-Mart Foundation, Fundación BBVA Bancomer, PaseUsted, National Institute of Migration, the citizen’s advisory board of the Ministry for Social Development, the Center for Sustainable Transport Mexico, (World Resources Institute) as well as the Editorial Board of Ganar-Ganar magazine. Martha presently participates on the donations committee of the Nacional Monte de Piedad, one of the largest grant giving organizations in Mexico.