Fred Smith is president of the HOPE Coalition America (HCA) division of Operation HOPE. HCA is the nation's emergency financial and economic disaster preparedness, response and recovery organization, more commonly referred to as "America's economic Red Cross." In fact the American Red Cross is a national partner with HCA, and HCA has a national agreement with FEMA. All accomplished under Fred Smith's leadership.
Former President and Chief Operating Officer of Operation Hope, Inc., the national nonprofit that provides economic education, financial literacy and banking services, Smith is also former Deputy Treasurer of the State of California.
Smith is a published author and guest speaker and community leader. He is a member of the board of directors of the San Gabriel Valley Council Boy Scouts of America, the Transportation Foundation of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board, and is a retired U. S. Air Force Colonel.
Smith earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting and business administration from Tennessee State University. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington, and the Graduate School of Credit and Financial Management, Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth.