Richard Smith is the Co-Chairman of the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation. Smith has held a wide range of influential business and civic positions over the course of his career. He was the former Chairman of the Board and CEO of Harcourt General, the Neiman Marcus Group and the GC Companies. He has held directorships at the First National Bank of Boston, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and Wang Laboratories.
Smith has been involved in numerous civic activities, including board member of Year Up, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Harvard University, Beth Israel Hospital, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, Facing History & Ourselves Foundation, United Cerebral Palsy Research and Education Foundation, and is Director Emeritus of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation.
Smith holds a bachelor of science from Harvard College and honorary doctorate degrees from Harvard University and Boston College.