Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith


Catherine Smith served as the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) for eight years from 2011-2019.

In this capacity, she spearheaded efforts to generate economic activity and expansion of business presence in the state.  One of the areas of focus was creating green jobs in CT.  In addition, she served on several quasi-governmental agencies, including the Connecticut Green Bank, which she chaired.

Prior to her service as Commissioner of the DECD, Ms. Smith gained a depth of industry experience at ING and Aetna.  Through 17 years at Aetna, Ms. Smith held various leadership roles in investments and investor relations, as well as strategy and communication. Her tenure culminated as Chief Financial Officer for Aetna Financial Services before transitioning to ING.   

In a decade at ING, Ms. Smith held a series of roles running several U.S. business units, including President of Defined Contribution Distribution, Chief Operations Officer for ING U.S. Financial Services, and CEO roles for ING U.S. Retail Group and ING U.S. Financial Services. She retired from ING in 2011 as CEO of ING U.S. Retirement Services.

Ms. Smith is the Chairperson of the Board for Outward Bound USA and serves on the board of Hampshire College and Global Atlantic Financial.

She is a graduate of Hampshire College and Yale University, where she earned a Master of Public and Private Management degree.