Susan Swan Smith serves Communities Foundation of Texas as Chief Relationship Officer. As CRO, she leads the staff members who are on the front lines of cultivating new donor relationships, stewarding existing donor relationships, and communicating the CFT story. Prior to joining CFT, Susan served six years as Assistant Head for Development & External Affairs at The Hockaday School, the largest independent girls’ school in the nation. Susan was recruited to Hockaday from SMU where she oversaw the operations of the SMU development department as Assistant Vice President for Development & External Affairs Operations. Susan earned her undergraduate degree from Duke University in economics and a master’s degree in educational leadership at George Washington University.