MJ Smith

Senior Affiliate Advisor

"I love a challenge; a challenging grant, a challenging donor, a challenging conversation. I take joy in meeting both every day and long-term challenges."

MJ embodies our mission to strengthen communities and inspire giving. She feels called to that mission through her faith and seeks to inspire individuals, families and businesses with more than enough resources to share boldly with their community. Since joining Nancy on the Community Foundation team in 2007, MJ has accomplished all manner of tasks – from creating our first annual reports to building strong relationships with community leaders across our region.  

She first became involved with the Foundation as a donor after a successful career in health care and as a writer. In her role today, she equips and inspires our affiliate staff and board members and together with these leaders, she serves and honors donor intentions to build stronger rural communities. She’s inspired by generosity every day – most currently, by a person with disabilities who is using their time to make phone calls to build a community fund, finding success and making a wonderful impact.  

MJ is an integral member of her own rural community, Guttenberg, where she and her husband Andy raised their two children and now entertain their grandchildren. Andy is a family physician in Guttenberg; their daughter Liz lives in Milwaukee and their son Fred and his wife Kate live in St. Paul and are parents of Sam and Mimi. She enjoys photography, cooking and biking. 

Fun Fact

Q. Describe your favorite foods.

A. My favorite foods are fresh Gulf shrimp, raspberries and champagne.

MJ Smith Senior Affiliate Advisor mj@dbqfoundation.org 563-588-2700