Nayland Smith

Associate Dean for Business & Finance, GSAPP
Chief Product Officer & Executive Director - Innovation Lab
Office: Nelson, D358
Phone: 848.445.3959

Nayland Smith is a veteran in the digital space. He has worked with multi-billion-dollar firms to bring many products to market. His experiences in business and product span various industries from finance to healthcare. Nayland Smith worked with firms such as Dow Jones and Brown Brothers Harriman where he managed highly skilled designers and engineers to produce and maintain digital financial products. In his work with start-up companies, he developed new business lines within the media space by leading teams in product development, marketing and sales. As a digital products enthusiast, he has architected new digital businesses in the mobile and web space which attracted millions of end users and drove millions of dollars in revenue.

Nayland Smith is credited for building a digital agency for a traditional media company. He has been celebrated for the development of digital strategies that led to successful product and campaign launches in digital audio streaming, social networking and mobile app products. As a product strategist, he has developed and managed strategic partnerships with companies like AOL, iHeart, Triton Digital and Google and many more. He’s led major digital campaigns for powerhouse agency -Grey Advertising that included tours with global corporate leaders such as Oracle and Bank of America just to name a few.

In his current role, Nayland Smith serves as the Associate Dean for Business and Finance as well as the Chief Product Officer of the Innovation Lab. As Associate Dean for Business and Finance, Nayland manages the business affairs which include finance, marketing, technology and donor advancement. As the Chief Product Officer, he oversees the design and development of technology products and programs for social good.


Nayland Smith holds a bachelor of science degree in Public Health from Rutgers University, a master’s degree in Management and Finance from Harvard University, and he is currently a doctoral candidate at Rutgers Business School where his research focuses on the application of behavioral science ( Nudge Theory) to product marketing and design.