Ms. Monica Egert Smith
Senior Vice President, Chief Giving and Community Impact Officer, Communities Foundation of Texas
Monica Egert Smith serves Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) as the foundation’s Senior Vice President, Chief Giving and Community Impact Officer. In this role, she oversees the teams responsible for grantmaking, cultivating and stewarding donor relationships, and the implementation of North Texas Giving Day, all toward CFT’s mission of creating a thriving community for all. Monica is passionate about community philanthropy, and during her tenure with CFT, she has served in a variety of roles including Chief Relationship Officer, where she worked with individuals, families, and companies to make their giving easy, effective, and enjoyable. She also 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, and 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 and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Cotton Bowl Athletic Association, as President-Elect of the Junior League of Dallas Sustainers, and as a board member of Wingstop Charities. She is a past president of the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and the Leadership Dallas Alumni Association.