Wyatt Smith, Senior Development Director, joined the George W. Bush Foundation in May 2010. As a member of the development team, Smith is responsible for fundraising strategy, the planning and implementation of annual and endowment fund activities, and provides leadership to the development team, which has raised $800 million since inception.
Previously Smith served as deputy director and director of development for the Armed Forces Foundation in Washington, D.C. In this role he oversaw various initiatives and led day-to-day operations, as well as all fundraising activities. He also served as a political fund-raiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Republican National Committee, where he managed major donor programs in the western United States.
Smith also served as finance director for a U.S. House campaign in California, setting a record for dollars raised by any G.O.P. candidate in the history of the district.
Smith started his career with the College Republican National Committee, serving as a field representative during the 2000 Republican National Committee/Bush-Cheney Campaign. He was also involved in the 2004 Bush-Cheney re-election effort.
Smith grew up in the Phoenix area and holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Arizona State University, where he was a Leadership Scholarship Program recipient. In 2015, he graduated from SMU with an MBA in finance, strategy, and management. He serves on the Site-Based Decision Making Committee for Mockingbird Elementary School.