Diane Smith is the Chief Real Estate Development Officer at Way Finders and is responsible for leading the Real Estate Division and implementing its strategies, policies and goals in a manner that advances the mission of the organization.
Prior to her joining Way Finders, Diane worked at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority as the Director of Planning, Research & Evaluation responsible for strategic planning, as well as the facilitation and development of new programs and products for the Authority. She also served as Interim Executive Director, managing the agency and supporting the Board of Directors during the transition to new leadership.
Diane worked at the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development where she held the position of Executive Director over the divisions responsible for urban development and housing development. During her tenure she was responsible for administering both state and federal programs associated with business, community, and housing development.
During her 30+ years of public service, she has worked in the disciplines of planning and public policy, business recruitment, urban and regional development, program development and administration, housing development and marketing. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut, and a Master’s degree from Trinity College.