Ms. Monica Egert Smith
Chief Relationship Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas
Monica Egert Smith serves Communities Foundation of Texas as the foundation’s Chief Relationship Officer. As CRO, she leads a team who are on the front lines of cultivating new donor relationships, stewarding existing donor relationships, and communicating the CFT story. During Monica’s tenure with CFT, she previously served as Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy, where she served as a philanthropic advisor to CFT donors and fund holders on a variety of community needs and interest areas. In that role, Monica also led CFT’s Grantmaking from the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation, which makes transformational investments in the areas of education, public safety and medical research.
Prior to joining CFT in 2008, Monica served as Senior Director of Community Services for The Dallas Morning News and WFAA-TV, where she oversaw more than 150 Dallas-based community sponsorships and programs, and managed the annual Dallas Morning News Charities campaign, which raises money to support direct services for the hungry and homeless. A native of Canton, Ohio, Monica earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University. In her free time, she volunteers with several local nonprofit organizations including the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association, the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center, the Junior League of Dallas, and the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association.