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Close-up: Debbie Smith

Apr 12, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Debbie Smith, a financial services executive with professional experience in minority affairs, national business and trade association management, has been selected to serve as executive director of the Walter Kaitz Foundation. Ms. Smith will oversee the day-to-day management of the foundation, including the awarding of foundation funds in support of cable industry diversity efforts, leadership of the annual Kaitz Foundation fund-raising dinner in New York, revamping and overseeing an industry diversity Web site and developing a new cable industry national supplier diversity program. Most recently, Ms. Smith served as senior VP, director of diversity, for Allfirst Financial. Before that she was VP at the International Franchise Association. Ms. Smith also worked as staff director for the U.S. House of Representatives small business subcommittee on minority enterprise.