Jared Smith

Chief Operating Officer

Jared Smith joined the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance as Chief Operating Officer in 2016.

In his role, Jared leads the organization’s operations team, including financial operations and budgeting and overseeing the business development team.  He is responsible for leading business development strategy and execution, international business development, and conducting research to guide those strategies.  He also heads the Economic Development Advisory Group (EDAG) and leads the organization’s partnership with the Vegas Chamber for the annual DC Fly-in event. Prior to joining the LVGEA, Smith served as Director of Business Development for the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

A native of Rayville, Louisiana, Smith earned a BA from Louisiana State University and his MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University. He is also a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Smith was recognized as a ‘Top Economic Developer in North America’ in 2022 by Consultant Connect. Smith served on the Workforce Connections Board of Directors for three years and as an Honorary Commander for Nellis Air Force Base.