Nick Smith

Head of Investor Relations

Nick leads Foresite Capital’s investor relations team, which is responsible for serving the firm’s limited partners and helping the firm grow in a manner that is consistent with our values and investment strategy.

Before joining Foresite, Nick opened Winton Group’s San Francisco office and data science center, where he served the company as Director and Regional Head of Client Advisory. In addition to servicing Winton’s clients and prospective clients, Nick was responsible for broad business development, including strategic collaborations within the technology and venture capital communities. Previously, Nick led marketing and investor relations for Northgate Capital, a global venture capital and private equity firm, and served as an executive of a boutique broker dealer based in San Francisco. Nick also founded Sagewood Capital, a registered commodity trading advisor.

Nick’s professional experience also includes working for two statewide elected officials. He served as Special Advisor to the Director of Administration and Secretary of Foreign Affairs within the Office of the Governor and as Deputy State Controller in the Office of the California State Controller. He served as the State Controller’s appointed voting representative on several state boards and commissions, including the boards of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System. While working in the state’s capitol, Nick served on the Selection Committee of the Executive Fellows program, which provided exceptional students an opportunity to work in various executive branch department and agencies. He is currently a member of the Sonoma County Community Foundation’s Investment Advisory Committee.

Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.


  • More than 15 years of experience in working with institutional investors
  • Former aide to two California statewide public officials (Governor and State Controller)