Nathan Smith completed seven years of service in the Marine Corps in May 2010 and immediately assumed the position of Deputy Director at Hire Heroes USA. He was promoted to Executive Director in 2011, and to Chief Operating Officer in 2012.
“It was the honor of my life to serve with selfless, courageous young Marines in Iraq – men who never hesitated to obey orders that sent them into harm’s way and sometimes to their deaths,” says Smith. “My work at Hire Heroes USA is, in some measure, a way for me to give back to those Marines – and hundreds of thousands of veterans like them – who never asked for or expected anything in return for their service. The least we owe those veterans and their families is an opportunity to succeed in the civilian workforce when they come home.”
Nathan Smith graduated with distinction from the Virginia Military Institute in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science. Following his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as an Infantry Officer in rifle and weapons platoon commander billets during two deployments in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 2005 to 2007, where he was twice decorated for exceptional performance in combat.
After deployment, Mr. Smith assumed duties as a strategic weapons guard platoon commander and a Recapture Tactics Team commander at Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Bangor, Washington. During his three years in Washington State, Mr. Smith was recognized for creating Marine Corps-level changes in strategic weapon security procedures and training programs; planning and conducting a joint training exercise with British Royal Marines in England; and for participating in a number of public speaking engagements in the local community.
Mr. Smith was born in Portland, Maine and currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife Christine. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.