Shannon D. Smith is an experienced professional with a demonstrated expertise in the financial services industry. He possesses strong skills in finance, corporate social responsibility, community organizing, market research, macroeconomic research and policy analysis. Currently a Vice President, Credit Officer for the Clear Vision Impact Fund, a debt vehicle which will make debt investments in sustainable minority-owned businesses, with a focus on African American and Latinx-owned businesses, businesses that work in underserved markets, and/or businesses that foster inclusive growth. Previously a Middle Market Banker for JPMorgan Chase & Co, focusing on Middle Market firms with EBITDA ranging from $25MM-$500MM. Before that a global philanthropy associate for JPMorgan Chase & Co Foundation, focused on supporting organizations address major economic and social challenges by expanding opportunity and driving more inclusive economic growth, through grant portfolios that he develops and maintains. Specifically, helped manage a $150 million commitment to Detroit, to spur economic growth. His projects included overseeing the JP Morgan’s small business and financial capability portfolio, which works to create investments to small businesses in Detroit, and to improve the financial health of Detroit residents. At JPMorgan Chase & Co. he also served as a Co-Chair for the firms Equity & Inclusion working group. A Detroit native, Shannon attended University of Michigan – Ann Arbor where he studied Political Science and Economics.
Prior to working at JP Morgan Chase & Co, Shannon was an Analyst for the Federal Reserve System, 7th District. Specifically as a rotational analyst, he was able to work in various functions of the bank such as Cash Operations and Economic Research. At the FRB is where he launched the Detroit Economic Development Challenge, a competition for Southeast Michigan high school students in which they proposed solutions to economic challenges facing Detroit. While at the Federal Reserve, Shannon also served as legislative assistant and community advocate for Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castaneda- Lopez.
In addition to his work priorities, Shannon is also a board member for Black Family Development, Inc., a private, nonprofit comprehensive family counseling agency; and a board member for TechTown Detroit, the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator for entrepreneurs;
For his work and community efforts, Shannon has been recognized by Business Insider in the publication’s 2014 feature 14 People Who Are Changing the Face of Detroit and was also recognized as a Crain’s Detroit Business 2015 20 in their 20s honoree and Crain’s Detroit Business as a 40 under 40 honoree.
- LinkedIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannondsmith313
- Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/people-making-a-difference-in-detroit-2014-7?op=1
- Wall Street Journal: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/10/arts/the-lights-are-on-in-detroit.html
- Crains Detroit Business: https://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/shannon-smith-40-under-40-2021
- Crain’s Detroit Business : http://www.crainsdetroit.com/awards/twenty_in_their_20s/2015