Cody J. Smith

NET WORTH: Unknown  


FUNDING AREAS: Education & Youth, Environment, Arts & Culture

OVERVIEW: Cody Smith moves his philanthropy through the Summit Foundation. Smith steadily supports his schools. Other interests include arts and culture and the environment. Smith is an avid mountain climber. 

BACKGROUND: Raised in Colorado, Cody J. Smith attended Claremont McKenna College and Stanford, receiving engineering degrees. He also earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. He joined Goldman Sachs in the 1980s and went on to make partner.


EDUCATION & YOUTH: Cody Smith has steadily supported his school Claremont McKenna in suburban Los Angeles. Giving has also gone to Harvard and Stanford, as well as Chess in the Schools (he’s a trustee), and Student Sponsor Partnership.

ENVIRONMENT: Smith is an avid mountain climber who has scaled the likes of Mount McKinley. He helped fund a National Park Foundation (NPF) study that provided a comprehensive economic valuation of America's national parks and the programming provided by the National Park Service (NPS). Via Summit, Smith has also supported American Alpine Club, American Mountaineering Center, Colorado Open Lands, and Colorado Fourteeners Initiative.

ARTS AND CULTURE: Grantees have included Whitney Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Mathematics, and Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

LOOKING FORWARD: Cody Smith keeps a low profile but expect him to continue funding his established interest areas.


The Summit Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

Summit Foundation
750 3rd Ave., 11th Fl.
New York City, NY 10017