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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Chris Smith
Chris Smith will take on the position of executive director at the Grigg Lewis Foundation recently vacated by the retiring William B. May, the organization announced today.

Smith will serve as the main spokesperson for the organization, and will represent the Foundation in all professional and business capacities. She will concentrate on the impact of projects related to the Foundation’s grant making, and will continue to assist the Board in the grant review process.

Smith has grown with the Foundation since 2002 when they first opened their Lockport office. Having served for more than 10 years as program coordinator and, most recently as assistant executive director under the guidance of Board President Christa Caldwell, she is fully familiar with all of the Foundation’s operations and philanthropic endeavors.

Smith will continue to work with area not-for-profits in the development of Lockport programming. Her community involvement has spearheaded the Foundation’s efforts to enlarge their philanthropic scope by being more proactive and engaged in community efforts.

A press release from the foundation says that Smith's "insight and experience have contributed greatly to the further development of Foundation policies, and her dedication to the Foundation is indisputable. The Board of Directors are confident in Chris’ ability to lead the Foundation and to hold fast to its vision and mission as their founder, Henrietta Grigg Lewis would have intended."

Smith previously served on the Board of Directors and the Program Committee of Western New York Grantmakers, East Hill Foundation’s North Tonawanda Grants Committee and completed Leadership Niagara in 2006. She resides in Newfane with her husband, Jeff Smith and her children, Madeline and Jacob Taylor and Lauren Smith.

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