Elissa Smith P’23, ’25, '26
Elissa oversees operations for SPEC Consulting, a multi-disciplined engineering and design firm specializing in petrochemicals, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and energy-related services for industrial clients.
Elissa attended Quinnipiac University where she earned a bachelor’s degree. After spending nearly a decade in health care, Elissa welcomed the challenge of providing structure and growth to SPEC Consulting, a small firm focused on engineering solutions for large clients. She began as an office manager in 2010 and has been responsible for the company doubling in size, and serving clients throughout the U.S. and abroad. Elissa’s role expanded to include oversight of company financials, client contracts, marketing, and human resources. In January of 2021 she began a new role as Chief Administrative Officer and partner.
A native of the Capital Region, Elissa is an active member of the community. Camp Chingachgook, a YMCA camp located in Lake George, N.Y., is one of her passions. She serves on the advisory council as an alumna, parent of current campers, and advocate for the Chingachgook mission to provide a summer camp experience for underprivileged youth. Elissa is also a member of the SPAC Action Council, a fundraising committee working in unison with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in public relations and planning of fundraising activities. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Sage Estate Homeowners Association and is a member of the Marketing and Enrollment Committee of The Albany Academies.
She and her husband, Justin ’96, have three children, Lorelai, Grant, and Evelyn. Lorelai ‘23 and Evelyn ‘26 are in their seventh year at Albany Academy for Girls and Grant will be starting at The Albany Academy in the fall of 2021.