Introducing Marcie Smith, REC's New Executive Director

Marcie SmithIt is with great pleasure that we write you to announce the Responsible Endowments Coalition’s selection of our next executive director, Marcie Smith. Marcie joins our team with a thorough understanding of the systemic challenges REC has spent the past decade working to address -- economic inequality, climate change, and corporate power. She has the skills, tenacity, and spirit necessary to lead our organization into its next chapter. We could not be more excited. Our board spent several rewarding months preparing for this transition, with help from many of you. We were impressed by the talented, smart, and driven people who engaged with us throughout the process -- and we thank you all immensely.

Marcie has been organizing at the intersection of climate change, economic justice, and women's rights for the past eight years. As founder and chair of the Full Circles Foundation, Marcie helped develop a holistic political education program for girls in the Southeastern U.S. which illuminates the connections between personal, community, and ecological health. Prior to Full Circles Foundation, Marcie served as Co-Chair of SustainUS, where she helped build international youth power within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

Originally from Madison County, Kentucky, she co-founded the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition as an undergraduate and was a member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition’s National Council. She attended college at Transylvania University and is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Law. During her graduate studies, she worked for the Sustainable Economies Law Center, the cooperative development firm Carolina Common Enterprise, and the UNC Center on Poverty, Work, and Opportunity.

What stood out for us about Marcie was her vision for leveraging university endowments to build just, resilient, and democratic economies. Marcie shares,

“I am inspired at the potential of endowments to support an economy powered by clean energy, governed by all stakeholders, and in which people can meet their needs through meaningful and dignified livelihoods. Young people are ready for an economy that grows true prosperity – one of health, peace, and justice for all of us. The Responsible Endowments Coalition is well positioned to take the movement for sustainable and socially responsible endowments to new levels of courage, vision, and impact.”

Over the past decade, REC has trained thousands of students, shifted over $250 million, and led a transformation of the conversation around college endowments. Marcie is an outstanding leader and she is ready to facilitate the exciting growth REC has around the corner: the establishment of a new alumni organizing program, expanded support for community investment efforts, and more.

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