Dana M. Smith

Dana M. Smith

Location: Annapolis, MD


Named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record for her professional achievement, community leadership, and mentoring, Dana understands the importance of performance and perseverance. Dana has developed Board members and executives to manage change, improve performance, and increase profitability.

Dana’s extensive corporate experience and empathy provide her with multiple lenses to appreciate and support her clients’ aspirations. She helps leaders sharpen their own resilience and agility by bringing her deep listening skills and rich business background to the coaching relationship. Dana has seen companies from the perspective of operating businesses and private equity/venture capital as well as throughout full economic cycles. She has also acquired new businesses, liquidated a company, and sold two publicly traded organizations in back-to-back transactions.

Since 2006, Dana has led HR and other functions for publicly traded companies focusing on advancing culture, strategy, and organizational development. Additionally, she led human resources at subsidiaries of Constellation Energy and Sylvan Learning Systems and worked in various positions domestically and overseas for Citicorp earlier in her career.

Dana is serving her third term on the Board of Directors of The Y in Central Maryland as a member of its Executive Committee, 1st Vice Chair and Board Governance and Nominating Chair. In 2021, she led a Board Development project for Theater Washington, evolving it to an antiracist and anti-oppressive organization, and now sits on its full Board.

Dana is also a public speaker and has been featured in or contributed to SmartCEO magazine, Employee Benefit News, the Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • C-Suite
  • Executive Presence
  • HR Advisory
  • Leaders in Transition
  • Strategic Thinking

Industry Experience

  • Financial Services
  • Telecommunications
  • Healthcare Systems & Services
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products
  • Media & Entertainment
  • High Tech
  • Chemicals
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Education


  • English


  • Johns Hopkins University - MS, Organizational Counseling
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania - BS, Economics


  • Hogan
  • 360 Interview
  • HBDI
  • Benchmarks Suite (CCL)
  • Deeper Signals
  • AIIR Coaching Mindset Index

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