A connector, relationship builder, and tenacious go-getter, Jessica Smart innately understands how important people are to business and organizational success.
In her dynamic professional experience, Jessica has led and managed hundreds of searches from inception to closure at all levels across many different industries. She has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for well-known, non-profit organizations; recruited, managed, and led volunteers for fundraising events; worked as a recruiter for Harvard University; and helped New England law firms open new offices in new markets.
In all cases, Jessica has established deep relationships, matching the right talent with the right team to make a business or event soar.
A graduate of Western Michigan University, this Midwesterner came to Maine by way of Boston and has spent the past 10+ years in the Portland, Maine, area. She has developed extensive professional connections throughout the state, region, and country working for a prestigious law firm in Boston, a boutique executive search firm and then as development director for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England. It’s Jessica’s entrepreneurial spirit and relentless energy that served as the final push to start her own firm.
Tired of the formulaic status quo in executive recruitment, Jessica founded The Smart Group Executive Search.
In her role as principal, she brings agility, flexibility, and an uncompromising investment in her clients. A self-proclaimed generalist, Jessica can work with any business, in any industry, and thrives on truly getting to know the businesses she serves, driven by a genuine interest in people, intellectual curiosity, and a voracious love of learning.
When she is not making professional connections, you’ll find Jessica volunteering for local non-profits, in a yoga studio, trying new recipes, traveling the world, or dancing flamenco.
The Smart Group Executive Search
PO Box 11267
Portland, ME 04104