Executive Leadership Team
Dwight D. Smith, Esq.
General Counsel and General Manager of Legal
Dwight D. Smith has over 30 years of experience as an attorney in the fields of corporate tax, banking, insurance, and non-profit organizations, while advocating to strengthen communities.
Dwight has served, since 2006, as Executive VP and General Counsel for the Neighborhood House Association (NHA), where he is responsible for the organization’s overall legal affairs and manages contract administration, corporate governance, information technology, quality assurance monitoring, and human resources functions. NHA operates an array of 24 programs that meet the cultural, social, health, and emergency daily living needs of more than 22,000 families and San Diego County residents. In 2013, San Diego Business Journal awarded Dwight the General Counsel award in the nonprofit category.
Prior to joining NHA, Dwight served as Associate General Counsel for the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, where he assisted with strategic joint ventures with telecommunication, food and beverage, and business service providers. Previously, Dwight was Senior Corporate Counsel of The PMI Group, Inc., with responsibility for SEC compliance. He began his career as a tax associate with Arthur Andersen & Co based in Chicago.
Dwight has served on numerous boards and advisory groups. Currently, Dwight is Secretary of the Alliance Healthcare Foundation Board of Trustees where he also serves as chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee, and member of the Audit, Program and Executive Committees. Dwight is a member of the Advisory Committee for the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute 21st Century Council Advisory Committee. Dwight received a B.S. degree in Accounting from DePaul University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is a member of the California Bar Association, National Bar Association, and Association of Corporate Counsel.