David C. Smith, Ph.D.

Chief Advancement Officer

David Smith is a professionally trained historian, educator, and development leader with over fifteen years of experience, inside academia as well as the local nonprofit sector, in advancing education as a means to help build economic opportunity and greater social equity for communities across North Texas.  At Educational First Steps, David directs all fundraising, marketing, foundation relations, corporate partnerships, and donor engagement programs.  He joined EFS in 2019 from the University of Dallas, where he formerly served as the Executive Director of Advancement Services and Operations and presently continues to teach in the History Department as an Adjunct Assistant Professor.