Lessons in Leadership: Matt Kelly



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Matt Kelly is the CEO of JBG SMITH and a member of the board of trustees. Prior to the formation of JBG SMITH, Matt served as a Managing Partner of the JBG Companies and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee.  He previously was co-head of the firm's Investments Group and was primarily responsible for JBG's investment strategy and the investment and acquisition activity of the JBG Investment Funds. Prior to joining the JBG Companies in 2004, he was a co-founder of ODAC Inc., a media software company, and worked in private equity and investment banking with Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston and Goldman Sachs, & Co in New York.  

Mr. Kelly currently serves as a member of the NAREIT Advisory Board of Governors, Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Federal City Council and Trustee and member of Executive Committee of the D.C. Policy Center.  He is Vice-Chair of the Medstar Health Washington Hospital Center Board of Directors and Co-Chair of ULI Fall 2019 Meeting. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Washington Partnership and a member of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C.  

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of Ayuda, Inc., an immigrant-focused non-profit organization in the D.C. metro area.  He is also a member of The Urban Land Institute and has lectured at Georgetown University and The University of Notre Dame.  Mr. Kelly holds a B.A. with honors from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Executive Committee & Trustee – Federal City Council

Vice Chair – Medstar Health Washington Hospital Center Board of Directors

Executive Committee & Board Member – D.C. Policy Center

Board Member – Greater Washington Partnership (GWP)

Member – The Economic Club of Washington, DC

Member – Urban Land Institute (ULI)

Member – The Real Estate Round Table

Member – The Real Estate Group

Co-Chair – ULI Fall 2019 Meeting

Former Board Member-Ayuda (Immigrant Social Services Organization)


Dartmouth College – AB History & Spanish (Dual Degree)

Harvard Business School - MBA