From a 'Clueless Kid' to Building Smart Cities - JBG Smith CEO Matt Kelly on Growth and Strategy


While Matt Kelly may suspect that his high school principal would have called him a clueless kid, the CEO of JBG Smith is far from clueless now. Over the course of his career, Matt has taken the company public, negotiated HQ2 with Amazon, and more - not to mention he's planning to turn National Landing into an iconic smart city. 


In this episode, Willy Walker talked to Matt about his career journey and the strategies he's deploying to grow JBG Smith.


Mr. Kelly is the CEO of JBG SMITH and a member of the Board of Trustees. Prior to the formation of JBG SMITH, Matt served as a Managing Partner of the JBG Companies and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee and was co-head of JBG’s Investments Group. Prior to joining the JBG Companies in 2004, he was a co-founder of ODAC Inc., a media software company, and worked in private equity and investment banking with Thomas H. Lee Partners in Boston and Goldman Sachs, & Co in New York. Mr. Kelly currently serves on the boards of various industry, civic and philanthropic organizations including the Urban Institute and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. He is Chairman of the Board of the Medstar Washington Hospital Center and serves as an Executive in Residence of the Steers Center at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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