Jeffrey Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Jeff leads business operations and communications efforts, and is involved with business development and client relations. He takes Francisco’s vision and maps them into actionable plans for our team.

Jeff has more than 15 years of experience as a communications professional. He has advised C-suite executives, government officials, and startup entrepreneurs across multiple sectors, including associations and nonprofits, beauty and fashion, finance, technology, and healthcare.

Jeff is the founder and president of JVS Advisors, Inc., a New York-based communications firm focused on strategic communications and executive coaching.

Previously, Jeff worked as director of communications at Warburg Pincus, a global private equity firm in New York. Jeff also was a communications specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C.

He has been a university visiting lecturer and has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including New York Professional Advisors for Community Entrepreneurs (NYPACE) and Joy Through Art, an organization launched by legendary actor and musician Dominic Chianese.

Jeff earned an MBA in international business and Master of Arts degree in political science from American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and French from Villanova University. He also has studied at the Université Paris-Sorbonne. Jeff is an avid New York Yankees fan, three-time marathon finisher (NYC, Philadelphia, Paris), Francophile, news enthusiast, golfer, and loves eating mint chip gelato in Tuscany. He resides in New York.