Author

Jeremy Gregg

As the Managing Director for Texas at Arabella Advisors, Jeremy Gregg serves as a trusted advisor to high-capacity philanthropists who are serious about social impact.

A 3-time TEDx speaker who was previously named the “Nonprofit Communicator of the Year,” Jeremy spent the first half of his career raising over $40M for local charities that served vulnerable people. As a social entrepreneur, Jeremy co-founded several successful nonprofits and mission-driven businesses (one of which was named the Success Story of the Year by SCORE). Recognized as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® in 2019, Jeremy shifted his career from fundraising to serving as a trusted advisor to some of our world’s greatest changemakers (such as the NFL Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith and the leaders of The Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit that drives Wikipedia).

A passionate advocate for those affected by mass incarceration, Jeremy is also the author of “Daddy’s Time Out,” a children’s book that uses the metaphor of a ‘time out’ to explain incarceration to the 2.7 million kids who have a parent in prison.

In 2020, to expand his reach across the State of Texas while deepening his impact, Jeremy joined Arabella Advisors as the Managing Director for Texas. Arabella is a mission-driven, Certified B Corporation that has helped hundreds of clients representing more than $4 billion in assets increase their philanthropic impact. As the Managing Director of Texas, he is now leading the company’s efforts to provide strategic guidance for effective philanthropy across the Lone Star State.

(Learn more at www.ArabellaAdvisors.com)

Prior to joining the company, Jeremy served as the President & Founder of Gregg Partners, an impact advisory firm that developed revenue strategies for nonprofits; and Mission Allies Publishing, a mission marketing agency that distilled a nonprofit’s message into the world’s most accessible, shareable, and durable format — a children’s book. He also previously held C-level roles (including two CEO positions) at a number of charities and social impact ventures, including an internationally recognized leader in prison rehabilitation, a management support organization that delivered training and consulting to other nonprofits, and a community development organization that improved the lives of over 50,000 low-income families per year.

During the economic downturn of 2008-2009, he also served as the Founding Executive Director of Executives in Action, a nonprofit that leveraged the talents of transitioning corporate leaders to build and strengthen the capacity of hundreds of nonprofits that could never have otherwise tapped such talent.

Jeremy has been featured on the BBC, NPR, the Financial Times, Texas Tribune, the New York Times, Forbes, and more. His published work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, StackStreet and in cover articles for an industry magazine.

Jeremy earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and also holds degrees in both Advertising and Englishfrom SMU in DallasTexas. He is a CAP (Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy) via the American College of Financial Services, a Certified Mindfulness Teacher from the Dallas Yoga Center, and he previously earned his CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive). He serves as a strategic advisor to the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, a board member of the My Possibilities Foundation, a guest lecturer for The Warden Exchange, mentor to several fundraising leaders via AFP Dallas, mentor in the Team 22 program, a hospice volunteer with the Visiting Nurses Association, and a volunteer advisor to the student newspaper at Cistercian Prep School.

Jeremy is also a passionate advocate for poetry (which he has taught everywhere from a prep school to a public school to a prison).

Jeremy lives in Dallas, Texas.

My Mission
To exponentially multiply the positive impact of my love for our planet and its people, particularly for the most economically and physically vulnerable.

My Vision
To leverage the greatest return on my time, talent, and treasure by investing them in people and institutions that are serious about social impact.

My Beliefs
The simplest expression is: I believe in the poetry of being. 

Here are some ideas that inform my work:

  • “Ardere et Lucere / To Enlighten and Enkindle” (Cistercian)
  • “Embrace chaos with ownership.” (Larry James)
  • “The poor don’t need champions; they need allies.” (Rev. Gerald Britt)
  • “The fruit of our work grows up on other people’s trees.” (Peter Drucker, by way of Bob Buford)
  • “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, there lies your vocation.” (Aristotle, by way of Jim Wallis)

Here are some ideas that inform my life:

  • “You become the average of the five people with whom you spend the most time.” (Jim Rohn)
  • The 5 Rhythms – Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyrical, Stillness® – are states of Being. They are a map to everywhere we want to go, on all planes of consciousness – inner and outer, forward and back, physical, emotional and intellectual. They are markers on the way back to a real self, a vulnerable, wild passionate, instinctive self. (Gabrielle Roth)
  • “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • “Follow your bliss.” (Joseph Campbell)