The Board of Directors of the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® (FCBR) is delighted to announce the appointment of Christina K. Smith as Chief Executive Officer of FCBR after completing an extensive national search. She will assume her new role on February 5.
FCBR members are invited to a meet and greet reception on February 5 to welcome Christina. Additional details to follow.
Smith brings to FCBR a distinguished and diverse career that includes 25 years of highly successful leadership experience in diplomacy, non-profit and foundation management, community development, higher education, philanthropy and humanitarian service.
Smith has served as a Middle East and Central Asia policy advisor to four presidents. A recognized international peace builder and Middle East expert, Smith’s early career focused on the social and political rehabilitation of highly traumatized societies. She has served both US and foreign governments and non-governmental organizations in Kuwait, Iraq, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Palestinian territories and spent seven years in Afghanistan after 9/11 helping Afghans rebuild their country.
A gifted “connector” and passionate community builder, Smith has raised over $1 billion in public-private partnerships internationally and $350 million in private philanthropy to advance vibrant communities known for economic prosperity, innovative community development, educational initiatives and shared value partnerships.
FCBR will benefit from Smith’s successful experience rapidly growing and scaling best in class organizations, her strong sales, negotiation and mentoring skills as well as her deep personal and professional commitment to customer service, leadership development, community engagement and volunteer mobilization.
Pam Cass, FCBR’s board chair, comments: “In Christina Smith, we have found an outstanding leader with a distinguished track record of servant-leadership who has delivered transformational community impact and results on a local, national and global scale. We are confident she will take FCBR to new heights that establish our realtor board as a national model when it comes to exemplary member services, educational initiatives, promoting the REALTOR® brand, community engagement and development of creative partnerships that tackle – and solve – housing-related challenges in northern Colorado.”
In accepting her new appointment, Smith shared: “I love serving and being a part of thriving communities and that’s what Fort Collins is known for. It is a very unique, truly special community that offers its residents a tremendous quality of place and life. As northern Colorado continues to grow and attract business and talent, I look forward to serving Fort Collins’ stellar realtor community to ensure FCBR’s members are empowered with the best-in-class knowledge, training, services and support to well serve home buyers and sellers while promoting the REALTOR® brand.”
Smith also will serve as the CEO of the Future of Housing Community Foundation, which was chartered in 2016 by the Fort Collins Board of REALTORS® as the philanthropic partner of the REALTOR® board to promote affordable housing, homeownership and housing-related disaster relief as well as to encourage volunteerism among REALTORS® and the broader real estate industry.
“Christina’s passion, high energy and experience as an accomplished philanthropic leader will be a tremendous asset to the Future of Housing Community Foundation as we engage REALTORS® and others to raise resources to assist our neighbors in need,” adds Natalie Abraham, chair of the Future of Housing Community Foundation. “We have worked closely in partnership with Christina these last several months on the Harmony Cottage Initiative to raise support for building two single family homes and know that with her leadership the Foundation’s impact will be even greater.”
Most recently, Smith was executive director of the Colorado REALTOR® Foundation. An Indiana native who relocated to Colorado Springs in late 2016, she also serves as founder and president of Elevate, an international humanitarian organization focused on food insecurity globally and domestically. Elevate currently feeds millions of Syrian refugees and others faced with food insecurity all through volunteer mobilization.