Our Team

George Smith

Managing Director, Boston Office

Over the past 12 years, George has led an array of engagements across the country addressing institutional needs, economic development ambitions, and physical development on campuses and in communities.

Recent projects he has led have run across a gamut of disciplines and geographic settings. These include launching a successful city-wide local purchasing effort with the Buffalo Purchasing Initiative, creating a neighborhood development strategy in collaboration with the University of Chicago, reimagining a closing college campus in Detroit to open a neighborhood school in partnership with University of Michigan, and implementing a real estate development strategy on behalf of Mills College in Oakland.

George draws on a number of areas of expertise in his work. He has a background in real estate finance and development, coupled with urban planning. His curiosity and involvement in anchor-led economic development began in his role prior U3 Advisors, 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.

George and his family reside in the Boston-area. Working or not, he spends as much time as possible outside – exploring the cities and neighborhoods where U3 takes him, snowboarding when possible, but more often chasing (or being chased) by his kids and dog.

George holds a Master of City Planning from University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics from Trinity College.


All Staff
CEO & Co-Founder
Omar Blaik
Omar Blaik
Managing Director
Alex Feldman
Alex Feldman
Managing Director & CFO
Jaime Flaherty
Jaime Flaherty
Managing Director
Todd Stern
Todd Stern
Principal & Co-Founder
Karen Backus
Karen Backus
Senior Advisor
Tom Lussenhop
Tom Lussenhop
Senior Advisor
Janne Corneil
Janne Corneil
Vice President
Shea O’Neill
Shea O’Neill
Vice President
Danielle Robins
Danielle Robins
Vice President
Maurie Smith
Maurie Smith
Senior Associate
Eric Anderson
Eric Anderson
Senior Associate
Nicole Buchholz
Nicole Buchholz
Senior Associate
Stephany Lin
Stephany Lin
Senior Associate
Tatianna Swenda
Tatianna Swenda
Associate
Kelsey Padgham
Kelsey Padgham
Associate
Natalie Sutherland
Natalie Sutherland
Associate
Donald Taylor-Patterson
Donald Taylor-Patterson
Analyst
Kimberly Tanz
Kimberly Tanz
Operations Manager
Nicholas Jerez
Nicholas Jerez
Financial Controller
Tracy Moskowitz
Tracy Moskowitz
Executive Assistant
Denise Sharper
Denise Sharper
Director, Civic Commons
Bridget Marquis
Bridget Marquis
Program Director, BPI
Antonina Simeti
Antonina Simeti