Michelle Smith is currently the President of the Robert H. Smith Family Foundation, having succeeded her father Robert H. Smith in January 2010. She also presently serves on the Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, the Aspen Institute Washington Ad Hoc Committee, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Leadership Council, Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies Board of Directors, Kennedy Center International Committee, Mayo Clinic Leadership Council, National Gallery of Art Trustees Council, University of Maryland College Park Foundation Board of Trustees, Hebrew University Board of Governors, New-York Historical Society Board of Trustees, and the Whitney Museum of Art National Committee.
From 1993 until 2007 Michelle served as Vice President for Product Design and Development for Archstone-Smith, a publicly traded REIT, listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Her projects included urban high rise and garden apartment buildings in Chicago, Boston, Florida, New York and the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. Archstone-Smith was sold to Tishman Speyer in October 2007.
From 1980 to 1993 Michelle held various executive positions with the Charles E. Smith Companies pertaining to public relations, marketing, retail leasing and various special projects.