George Smith is a Managing Director at U3 Advisors. Since joining the firm in 2006, he has led a range of advisory engagements, with a focus on real estate strategies, economic analyses, financial modeling, neighborhood initiatives, and local procurement efforts, working with a variety of institutional, civic, private, and philanthropic clients. Notable community development projects include creating a neighborhood development and engagement strategy for the University of Chicago, conducting a community development assessment for the Obama Presidential Center, and working with the University of Detroit Mercy to launch the Live6 Alliance, a neighborhood development organization in Northwest Detroit. George has planned a variety of real estate development initiatives, including large-scale redevelopment projects and small infill projects with the University of Maryland, and a mixed-use student housing project for the University of Toledo Real Estate Foundation. Economic development efforts have included leading an anchor procurement strategy for the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, helping launch Midtown Detroit’s Live, Buy, and Hire anchor programs, and creating a housing and economic development plan for the University of Massachusetts and the town of Amherst.
George established U3 Advisors’ Boston office in 2014, and recently helped launch U3 Studio, a partnership that bridges urban design and real estate strategy for innovation districts. Before relocating to Boston, George was also involved in U3 Ventures’ real estate development activities in Philadelphia, including serving as project manager of a redevelopment project to create a music venue, restaurant, and bar, and managing the design and entitlement project for a mixed-use tower in Center City.
George’s prior role to U3 Advisors was serving as a Consultant and Research Director for Collegia, Inc., a Boston-based firm focused on leveraging collaborative partnerships between higher education and civic entities to attract and retain college students. While with Collegia, George managed programs in Philadelphia, the Lehigh Valley, and Northeast Ohio, and created an index the measures a region’s relative success as a college destination.
George earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and his Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He currently resides in the Boston area.