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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 nearly 20 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 that brings music and entertainment into nursing and retirement homes.

Jeff earned an MBA in international business and Master of Arts degree in political science from American University, and holds 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 and Villanova Wildcats fan, a three-time marathoner (NYC, Philadelphia, Paris), Francophile, fitness and news enthusiast, golfer, and loves traveling through Tuscany. He resides in New York.