The Santa Fe Community Foundation Names Bill Smith
as new President and CEO 

The Santa Fe Community Foundation, named as one of the top 30 most innovative community foundations in the United States, has appointed Bill Smith as the Foundation’s new President and CEO, announced by Suzanne Ortega Cisneros, Chair of the Board of Directors.  

Smith will begin a transition period with Interim President and CEO, Jerry Jones in mid-August and will take over full time in late September.

“Bill brings a tremendous background in public service and philanthropy to the Foundation,” stated Cisneros.  

She went on to say, “Bill is a seasoned and collaborative leader who has spent the majority of his professional career promoting health equity and justice on the national and international stage.  He is as comfortable meeting with policy makers and drafting legislation in Congress as he is doing grassroots advocacy and organizing in small communities across the country.” 

Smith is currently serving as the Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors (NCSD) in Washington, D.C., a post he has held since 2010.  

“I have been enchanted by Santa Fe since my first visit over two decades ago and knew then that my personal and professional path would lead me here," said William (Bill) Smith, who has split his time between Washington, DC and Santa Fe for nearly a decade.  "I couldn't be more excited to be joining the Santa Fe Community Foundation and building on a 35 year legacy of high impact grantmaking and innovative programs that lift up our people and this magical place," continued Smith.  "The Santa Fe Community Foundation invests in people and nonprofits that make our community stronger and enhances the lives of Santa Feans, our neighbors in other northern New Mexico communities, and indeed, across the State.

“With Bill, the Santa Fe Community Foundation gets the best of both worlds: a national leader who already calls Santa Fe home,” Cisneros noted.

Smith is currently completing his doctoral degree in Political Philosophy with a focus on American federalism from the Catholic University of America, where he received a Masters Degree.  He is also a Senior Faculty Fellow at the Robert Wood Johnson Center for Health Policy at the University of New Mexico.

For further information, please contact Jane Egan at or 505.988.9715