Robert Smith
Founder, ICV

Robert entered Wall Street over 20 years ago with lessons passed down from four generations of family members who worked in the investment industry before him.

For more than a decade, he has allocated capital on behalf of and co-invested with Family Offices. Over the course of his career, he managed sales and trading teams at leading financial institutions, where he built a Fund Investor network and led in profitability at three firms: once while working in a trading capacity at the world’s largest market making firm and twice while working in an equity capital markets capacity at boutique investment banks. In 2014, Robert founded ICV to bring together his network of Family Offices and Fund Investors to evaluate opportunities that create a social impact beyond a financial return.

He is Business Strategy Advisor to New Frontier Bio, which leverages the long-term involvement of the Kennedy family in health care; Member of the President’s Advisory Board of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, recently named 16th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals Honor Roll, a distinction awarded to just 20 hospitals in the U.S.; Senior Advisor for Fundraising and Partnerships to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, a platform to consolidate peace efforts and strengthen global security, monitor and support the Nobel Peace Laureates, and engage the minds of young people and citizens on real matters that broaden vision and open up new horizons for more peaceful and compassionate thinking; and, he is a member of the Advisory Council of Represent.Us, which brings the left and right together to create positive change. 

Robert serves on the Boards of the Chaeli Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on growing more inclusive and empowered communities, especially through the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities; Childhood Cancer Kids, a nonprofit that increases childhood cancer awareness and elevates the spirits of children with cancer; the Children’s Village,  a nonprofit that works in partnership with families to help society’s most vulnerable children so that they become educationally proficient, economically productive, and socially responsible members of their communities; and, Tuesday’s Children, a response and recovery nonprofit organization that supports youth, families, and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss.

Robert also serves on the Board of Directors of the Harmon Foundation, a private foundation established in 1922 by his great, great grandfather William E. Harmon for charitable and humanitarian purposes, with an emphasis on “inspirational and tangible help for young people.” Harmon believed that doing well for himself was a means to do good for others. He operated Wood, Harmon & Co., the largest real estate company in the world at the turn of the century; developed the “partial payment plan,” known today as the mortgage loan; invested more than $4 million in Brooklyn around 1900, comprising over 20,000 building lots, more than any other, which was sold to New Yorkers on small partial payments after the explosion in population in Brooklyn following the New York City subway extension; provided for the “self-financing of education” through business-like loans, known today as the student loan, where character and group responsibility were used as the basis for credit, which effectively transformed the economics of college to depend on students’ payments; he created the Harmon Award for distinguished achievements of African Americans, including award recipients Archibald John Motley Jr., Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, Laura Wheeler Waring, and Walter Francis White, and was best known for its impact on African American art of the Harlem Renaissance, with works by Richmond Barthé, Lois Mailou Jones, Augusta Savage first exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution in 1944, where the opening ceremony attended by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, United States Vice President Henry Wallace, Howard University President Mordecai Wyatt Johnson, pioneering doctor and scientist Charles Drew, and writer and scholar Alain Locke; Harmon established a national and worldwide park system that was so named, “Harmon Playgrounds,” which included playgrounds and recreational fields in 36 states across the nation; and, donated to thousands of nonprofits over his lifetime under the name Jedediah Tingle, a mysterious benefactor of lore, “carrying on a mission to bring smiles and tender thoughts to the great in heart in high and low places, to comfort and cheer those who do exceptional things or suffer.”