CECE SMITH has been appointed chairman of the Dallas Symphony Association, effective in fall 2021. Smith has served on the DSA Executive Board and Board of Governors since 2004, most recently as president of the Dallas Symphony Foundation and secretary of the DSA. Smith and her husband, Ford Lacy, recently named the Principal Trombone Chair. Smith will succeed Sanjiv Yajnik who has led the board as chairman since 2017. Smith is the retired co-founder and managing general partner of Phillips-Smith-Machens Venture Partners of Dallas, a group of venture capital funds. Prior to that, Smith was executive vice president for finance and administration of Pearle Health Services. Smith has been a director of many retailers; served as a director and as chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; and co-founded the President’s Research Council at UTSW Medical Center. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.