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 graduated with distinction from the Virginia Military Institute in 2003 – where he was the NROTC Marine Honor Graduate – earning a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Political Science. Following 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 to Al Anbar Province in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 2005 to 2007, where he was twice decorated for exceptional performance in combat.
After deployment, Nathan assumed duties as a strategic weapons guard platoon commander and a Recapture Tactics Team commander in Washington State, where he was recognized for creating Marine Corps-level changes in strategic weapons security procedures and training programs.
Nathan is a nationally-recognized expert on military transition and veteran employment, with appearances on PBS NewsHour, Comcast Newsmakers, and in the Wall Street Journal, Stars and Stripes, and other prominent media outlets. He is a member of the National Association of Veteran Serving Organization’s (NAVSO) Board of Advisors. Nathan was born in Portland, Maine and currently resides in Alpharetta, Georgia with his wife and daughter. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.