Business attorney John F. “Sandy” Smith grew up in Atlanta, and works in the Atlanta office of Womble Carlyle. Smith is proud to call Atlanta his home, and one of his proudest years was spent in the Leadership Atlanta program. Leadership Atlanta is the oldest sustained community leadership program in the United States. The organization seeks to connect and inspire leaders to strengthen the communities that comprise the metropolitan Atlanta area.
Each year, 75 established community leaders are chosen to represent Metro Atlanta’s diverse population. Participants meet for retreats, seminars, service projects, discussion groups and tours to explore issues that confront and challenge the community. Leadership Atlanta also helps build relationships of trust and mutual understanding, with the objective of building a better community for everyone in the City of Atlanta and surrounding areas.
Leadership Atlanta has its origins in the late 1960s; concerned members of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce formed the group to address the need for an organization of active and well-informed leaders. It grew amidst the economic and cultural challenges of the time to develop into the model organization that it is today - one connecting the area's top business executives, elected officials, entrepreneurs, community organizers and nonprofit leaders.
Smith is deeply involved in the city's cultural and commercial life in other ways as well. He sits on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, the nonprofit humanitarian group founded by former President Jimmy Carter, and supports the Atlanta BeltLine project, among many other significant endeavors. He also has served on the Atlanta-based boards of trustees of the Paideia School, Columbia Seminary, Prevent Blindness Georgia, the National Kidney Foundation of Georgia and the President’s Council of the Woodruff’s Arts Center. He is the founding Chair of Odyssey Atlanta, a joint venture of The Westminster Schools (which he attended) and the Atlanta Public Schools, which provides summer educational enrichment for K-12 students.
John F. “Sandy” Smith graduated from Stanford University in Palo Alto where he served on the Stanford University Board of Trustees. He received his MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a JD from Duke University Law School.