About DSC Partners

DSC Partners LLC is a real estate investment group that creates value through acquisition and enhancement of commercial office properties in dynamic urban markets in the United States.

Founded by long-time DC real estate veterans Douglas J. Donatelli and Nicholas R. Smith, the company’s integrated approach to retail real estate investment optimizes long-term risk adjusted returns.


Douglas Donatelli



DOUGLAS J. DONATELLI is a Founding Partner of DSC and former Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at First Potomac Realty Trust, Chairman at Catholic Charities Foundation of Washington DC, a Member at The Urban Land Institute, and a Member at National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, Inc.

He is on the Board of Directors at Greater Washington Board of Trade and Kennedy Center Corporate Fund Board.

Mr. Donatelli was previously employed as Executive Vice President by Donatelli & Klein, and President by D&K Broadcasting, Inc.

He received his undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University.

Nicholas Smith



NICHOLAS R. SMITH is a co-founder and Principal of DSC Partners LLC. Prior to forming DSC, Mr. Smith was a co-founder of First Potomac Realty Trust (NYSE: FPO) and served as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from 1997 until 2015. He led First Potomac’s growth from four properties totaling 800,000 square feet in 1997, through its IPO and listing on the New York Stock Exchange in 2003, to become one of the largest and fastest-growing real estate companies in the Greater Washington region with a portfolio valued in excess of $2 billion.

Previously, Mr. Smith was Vice President of Donatelli & Klein, Inc., a real estate development and investment firm located in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Donatelli & Klein, Mr. Smith was with Garrett & Smith, Inc., a real estate investment and development firm based in McLean, Virginia and Transwestern (formerly Barrueta & Associates, Inc.) a Washington-based commercial real estate brokerage and property management firm.

He currently serves as Chairman of the Choral Arts Society of Washington and serves on the Council of Advisors for the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Graduate Programs in Real Estate.  He is also a member of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, the Urban Land Institute and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Catholic University of America.

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For more information about investment opportunities or partnerships, please contact us at:

1509 16th Street NW
Washington D.C. 20036

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