Congratulations to WC Smith CEO and Chairman Chris and Lisa Smith, who, on March 6, 2023, received the Spirit of Washington Award from the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys. The Smiths were recognized for their commitment to creating stronger communities and greater opportunities for DC residents.
Bishop Walker School is a tuition-free Episcopal school at THEARC-Building Bridges Across the River that serves boys in grades K-5.
Central to WC Smith’s development philosophy is that the company builds communities, not just buildings. As such, the Smiths foster a culture of community service and engagement within WC Smith and in the neighborhoods that surround its properties. Chris is the co-founder and board chair of Building Bridges Across the River, the non-profit organization that operates THEARC.
Lisa Smith has played a key role in implementing WC Smith community initiatives. She helped guide the company’s Building Bridges to A Better Life program, through which more than 70 homeless families were provided housing at WC Smith properties and offered access to social services. Since March 2020, she has helped coordinate a weekly food distribution program at THEARC, and regularly volunteers at events held on the campus.