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J McCray is senior advisor at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. J previously led GEO’s internal operations from 2004 to 2018, overseeing GEO’s strategic planning, financial management, internal learning and evaluation, talent management and fundraising. J authors the Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? series, which tracks trends in grantmaker practice.

J has spent his career in the nonprofit sector, both in front line and behind-the-scenes roles. He began his career in the sector as a case manager at the Council on Aging of St. Lucie County, Florida, where he worked to identify services that would allow seniors to remain independent and stay in their own homes. J also worked at the Title I Dissemination Project, providing support to Title I educators in Massachusetts, and at the National Prostate Cancer Coalition (NPCC) as a fundraiser.

J also serves on the board of Idealware and has served on leadership committees for Independent Sector, Bridgespan’s DC area Nonprofit COO Group, the Funder Network Impact Assessment Project, Toastmasters, Takoma Foundation, Takoma Park Folk Festival and the City of Hyattsville Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee. He was the founding co-chairman of Alternative Gifts of Greater Washington, Inc., a nonprofit organization which promotes the giving of charitable donations during the holidays to social and environmental causes. J holds a master’s of business administration from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The College of William and Mary. J also has a certificate in nonfiction, documentary writing from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Maine where he profiled the daily lives of league bowlers in an eight lane candlepin bowling alley in Lisbon Falls.