Mckenzie Smith

McKenzie Smith


Education before Fletcher

  • Bachelor of Science, Foreign Service, Georgetown University

McKenzie is passionate about the power of startups to drive sustainable impact at scale. Currently investing through Tin Shed Ventures (part of Patagonia) in startups helping to save our home planet.

McKenzie used to lead Luminate's US seed-stage investing in civic tech companies working to build a more just and fair society in the US. In that role, McKenzie led work to define how Luminate US considers questions of diversity & inclusion, ethics and privacy, and long-term sustainability in our investment and portfolio decision making.

Previously, McKenzie worked at Omidyar Network, where she focused on accelerating the growth and integrity of the impact investing market—drawing on lessons from the firm’s $1B+ in investments to attract new players and sources of capital to the field while also increasing the efficiency with which the market matches investors with opportunities aligned to their expectations for financial return, risk, and impact.

Past experience advising companies and organizations from large US Government agencies to small and growing businesses in South Africa as they tackle the challenges of translating strategy to operations for execution and scale. 

McKenzie completed her master of international business in 2017 and was awarded the Edmund A. Gullion prize, which is given annually to an outstanding second-year student. She also holds a certificate in social impact investing from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a bachelor of science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.