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Social Motion Welcomes Emily Smart as Director of Development

Social Motion Skills is pleased to announce the hire of Emily Smart in the role of Director of Development. She will be the first person to hold this position at Social Motion.

“We are thrilled that Social Motion’s programs have grown to the extent that the talents of a full-time Director of Development are required,” says Wendy Dawson, founder and Executive Director. “Emily’s expertise in fundraising, donor development, grant writing, and stewardship directly matches our needs. Her heart and enthusiasm for helping families and children with special needs attain their goals is evident! I’m excited for all our clients and supporters to meet her as we continue achieving our corporate goals.”

Smart joins Social Motion following her role as Associate Director of Annual Giving for the Jones School at Rice University, where she was responsible for significant growth in the annual fund and for managing an extensive portfolio of donor prospects. Prior to this, she worked as Director of Advancement at Saint Thomas Episcopal School, Director of Development at Interfaith CarePartners, and as a grant writer for Children’s Museum of Houston. She credits her first job out of college at the Monarch School, where she served as Assistant to Program Directors, with cementing her passion for nonprofits serving children with learning differences. 

“I’m excited to be joining an organization that is meeting such a critical need in the Houston community,” shares Smart. “The team at Social Motion Skills has created an amazing and unique program, and I can’t wait to help them continue impacting lives by growing and diversifying funding sources. I look forward to working with families, businesses, and collaborative partners as we keep program costs low and increase awareness of these life-changing services.”

At Social Motion, Smart will work both to sustain existing sources of funding and to cultivate new relationships with individual donors, corporations, and foundations. She will be instrumental in reaching new threshold goals to fund expansion plans and scholarship opportunities.


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