Eshauna Smith

Eshauna Smith is the first national Director of Community Impact at the Ballmer Group. In this role, Eshauna will help to improve economic mobility and reduce racial disparities at scale through place-based partnerships, with a specific focus on building talent pipelines to accelerate progress. Eshauna has built a career that reflects her passion for supporting communities working to overcome systemic barriers to opportunity. She has focused on fostering cross sector collaboration, holding systems accountable, and delivering high-quality, data-driven services to improve equity, inclusion, and social outcomes. Prior to joining the Ballmer Group, Eshauna served for eight years as Chief Executive Officer/President of Urban Alliance, and as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education in Washington, DC. Eshauna has received numerous recognitions and awards for her leadership and advocacy work on behalf of youth and families, most recently being named a 2019 Murdoch Community Hero and a Women Who Mean Business honoree by the Washington Business Journal. Eshauna holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas, Austin, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley


WHC is governed by an independent board of civic leaders.

Joshua Bernstein

Chief Executive Officer of Bernstein Management Corporation

Kevin Clinton

Board Chair

Chief Program Officer for the Federal City Council

Carol Thompson Cole

President and CEO of Youth Invest Partners

Kimberly Driggins

Executive Director, WHC

Maria S. Gomez

Former President + CEO, Mary’s Center

Cary Hatch

CEO of MDB Communications

Charlene Drew Jarvis

Former Director at National Women's Business Center, Inc. 

Mark Joseph

Founding Director, National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC)

David Martin

Partner at ArentFox Schiff

David Roodberg

CEO of DJR Assoc.

Deborah Ratner Salzberg

Principal at Uplands Real Estate Partners

Eshauna Smith

Director of Community Impact, Ballmer Group

Aakash Thakkar

Chief Acquisitions Officer, EYA, LLC

Rob Stewart

Board Emeritus
Chair of JBG SMITH’s Board of Trustees

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Kathy Smith

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We disrupt inequities in the housing market with an innovative model that prevents displacement and promotes opportunity and wealth building. 

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