Cheryl Dumont Smith
Associate Dean of Development & E.D. of the MxCC Foundation
Office Location: Founders 104
As an experienced community leader, Cheryl Dumont-Smith understands the importance of building relationships and motivating people into action. Throughout her career, she has focused on improving the quality of individual and community life—using her energy, vision and entrepreneurial spirit to make a positive difference.
At MxCC, Cheryl oversees development efforts designed to raise funds and build support for programs and activities that create a bright future for the College and its students. She works to tell the many inspiring stories from within the College community in order to sustain its level of excellence—and maintain its competitive reputation. In 2016, her leadership brought together a campus-wide committee to plan and execute MxCC’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Prior to joining MxCC, Cheryl was executive director of the Aurora Women and Girls Foundation, serving Greater Hartford. While there, she provided focus and leadership to grow this nonprofit organization into a grant maker, educator and thought leader in the Hartford region. She also was the senior associate director of parent giving at Trinity College in Hartford. In that role, she worked on the Trinity Fund annual giving campaign, helping it thrive during one of the most challenging economic downturns in recent history. Cheryl also oversaw the College’s Parent Director group of more than 65 families from around the country, hosting weekend meetings and events, as well as welcome receptions for new students and their families.
Cheryl also served as the founding president and chief executive officer for the Main Street Community Foundation in Bristol, Conn., which assists donors who wish to build charitable endowments to support local communities. She oversaw all foundation activities, including finance, investment, human resources, asset development, marketing, communications and donor relations, and maintained strong relationships with the board of directors, volunteer communities, new donors and grantees. Cheryl also successfully guided the organization through a rigorous nine-month accreditation process for the National Council on Foundations. Under her leadership, the organization grew from one fund valued at $500,000 to more than 130 separate funds valued at $27 million.
Cheryl earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regis College in Weston, Mass., and has taken master’s level courses in Integrative Health Studies from The Graduate Institute in Milford, Conn. Throughout her career, she has attended numerous leadership, development, marketing and finance courses, workshops, seminars and conferences.
Off campus, Cheryl enjoys time with her husband Attorney Edward H. Smith, Jr., and family. She is also an exercise, movie and travel buff, with a particular love of time in the Southwest and Sedona, Ariz.