Jeff W. Smith

President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Jeff directs and manages all business affairs for HighGround. He joined the organization in 1990 and, over the course of his tenure, has served on the Trust and Legal team as Trust Attorney, Vice President and Trust Counsel, and Vice President and General Counsel. Jeff honors HighGround’s rich history while casting a vision for our future, seeking opportunities to offer greater support to our clients and their ever-evolving needs. During his time in leadership, Jeff has overseen rebranding efforts, the exploration of new asset class allocation and strategies, the enhancement of the organization’s client communications, and the creation of a team dedicated to relationship development and client stewardship. He strives to fulfill our commitment to protect client relationships, strengthen their mission and grow their resources.

Prior to joining HighGround, Jeff served as Assistant District Attorney for the Collin County District Attorney’s Office and oversaw special programs for Baylor University. Jeff has more than 30 years of experience in cultivating donors for gift recognition, providing comprehensive tax consultation and legal expertise, and in leading nonprofit organizations to success.

Jeff is a graduate of Baylor University with BA and JD degrees. He is also a board member for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the Dallas Scottish Rite Library & Museum, Faith Commons and HighGround Trust Company.


Jeff W. Smith
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ben Curry, CPA
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
David M. Slover
Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer
Helge Rokenes, CFA, CAIA
Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
Kari L. McGregor, CPA
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Joe Hancock
Vice President and General Counsel
Kellie Morrison, CFA
Vice President and Investment Officer of HighGround Trust Company
Colleen Sims
Vice President for Institutional and Donor Services of HighGround Trust Company