About Us

SmithPilot provides specialized and cost-effective compensation consulting advice to nonprofit boards and executives.

We serve all types of nonprofits, from small charities to a wide variety of associations to large multinational organizations. Combined, our team has over 60 years of direct service to the nonprofit community.

Our Team

Pete Smith

Founding Partner

The former chief executive of Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Willis Towers Watson), Pete Smith has significant experience in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Smith now focuses on executive compensation consulting services for nonprofit clients.

Rebecca Pilot

President & CEO

Rebecca is a human resources professional with over twenty years of experience in consulting to private and nonprofit organizations. In addition to leading the firm, she directs a variety of client engagements involving nonprofit compensation and benefits issues.

Amy Letonja

Research Associate

Eileen Prophett

Research Associate

Beth Rollison

Research Associate

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We would be glad to discuss whether our services meet your needs.

Please call us at 202-256-4719 or email info@smithpilot.com and let us know what kind of services you are seeking and how best to contact you.

Pete Smith

Founding Partner

The former chief executive of Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Towers Watson), Pete Smith has significant experience in both the private and public sectors. Mr. Smith now focuses on executive compensation consulting services for nonprofit clients.

In his thirty-year career with Watson Wyatt, Mr. Smith consulted in areas ranging from executive compensation and benefits design to global human resources strategy. His clients included major Fortune 100 corporations, start-ups, technology firms, multinationals, professional services firms, family held businesses, and nonprofits.

Mr. Smith joined Wyatt in 1968 as a compensation consultant. In 1972, he was named Executive Vice President of Cole Surveys, then the leading provider of financial institution compensation survey data. In 1985, he was appointed Managing Partner of Wyatt’s San Francisco office. He was appointed to the Board of Directors in 1986, as Global Compensation Practice Director in 1987, and as Managing Partner of the Washington, D.C. office (the firm’s largest) in 1992. In 1993, he was elected President & CEO. During his tenure, he engineered a major transformation of the firm, strengthening its focus, improving its financial results, and substantially extending its worldwide operations – including combining Wyatt with R. Watson & Sons to form Watson Wyatt Worldwide. The firm recently merged to form Towers Watson.

A graduate of Harvard and a certified member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Mr. Smith served for seven years as a Director of Alliance Berstein, a New York based asset management firm. He also served previously on the boards of the ADDX Corporation, Celerant Government Services, and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group.

Active in civic affairs, he is currently on the board of the Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). In the past, he has chaired the Board of the Association of Management Consulting Firms and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, is past Vice Chair of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and the Washington Performing Arts Society, and served as a Trustee of American University and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Area. He also served on the Independent Review Committee evaluating governance problems at the Smithsonian Institution.

Rebecca Pilot

President & CEO

A human resources professional with over twenty years of experience in consulting to private and nonprofit organizations, Rebecca Pilot is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SmithPilot.  In addition to leading the firm, she directs a variety of client engagements involving nonprofit compensation and benefits issues.

Rebecca’s compensation background includes over ten years of service in Accenture’s human resources department, and five years of consulting for nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining SmithPilot, Ms. Pilot served as human resources director for a variety of nonprofit organizations, leading the human resources functions for these nonprofits as well as designing and implementing new programs as necessary.

Ms. Pilot’s experience also includes advising executives at Accenture on a wide variety of HR issues including staffing, leadership development, compensation planning, performance management, succession planning, and diversity.

Prior to her tenure with Accenture, she managed graduate student and alumni programs in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Rebecca received her undergraduate degree from Lafayette College and earned a Master of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology from Georgetown University.

Active in school and community affairs, she and her husband and their three children live in the Greater Washington DC area.