Jeremy first went to prison in 2007. Miraculously, he was not going as a new resident . . . but as a volunteer with the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. He joined PEP’s Dallas Advisory Board the next year, and he continued volunteering until he was named the organization’s Chief Development Officer in January 2012. PEP is a pioneering nonprofit that delivers the nation’s best results in terms of recidivism, employment and small business creation among ex-offenders.
Jeremy previously served in leadership roles at a number of charitable organizations, including a microlender that provided small loans to low-income entrepreneurs, a management support organization that delivered training and consulting to other nonprofits, and a community development organization that reached over 50,000 low-income families per year. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas and also holds degrees in both Advertising and English from SMU in Dallas, Texas.
Jeremy’s wife Natalie is a family attorney who owns a law firm based in Allen, Texas, where the Greggs are raising two daughters named Madeleine and Harper. Jeremy serves on the advisory board for Crossroads Community Services and he is active as a volunteer teacher with Allen Art To Go and the Watch D.O.G.S. program at his daughters’ school.
Weird Things about Me
- For eight years, I was taught by Hungarian monks who came to Texas to escape the Communists during World War II.
- I self-published a book of poetry in high school. And no, you cannot read it. Thank God, it was before the Internet was invented. But you can buy my poetry teacher’s book here.
- I was selected to be a White House Intern … in 1999 …. during the Lewinski trial. I was in the Office of Vice President Al Gore, in the Climate Change Task Force.
- The dean of my college would not allow me to wear shoes to my own graduation. It’s a long story…
- I married my high school sweetheart. And then she became a divorce lawyer. Go figure…
- My only brother has never been convicted of a crime but he lives in a cell. He is a monk living at Our Lady of Dallas.
- I wanted to name my first-born daughter after a character from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.” And somehow, my wife agreed. Epidurals are AWESOME.
- My wife wanted to name our second daughter after the author of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” How could I say no? My wife is AWESOME.
- I once played the part of a pimp in a performance of The Who’s “Tommy.” I had to sing this song and smoke a cigarette on stage. No, you will never hear me sing it again.
- In prison, they call me Miss Piggy Bank. Don’t ask why.
Chief Development Officer, Prison Entrepreneurship Program (2012+)
Executive Director, The PLAN Fund (2011-2012); this organization is now called PeopleFund
Founding Executive Director, Executives in Action (2009-2011)
Vice President of Development, Center for Nonprofit Management (2008-2009)
Director of Development & Communications, Camp Fire USA Lone Star Council (2001-2005)
The Law Office of Natalie Gregg (2009+), a family law firm that I started with my darling bride. I built the organization’s Web site and run our advertising/marketing initiatives. I am not an attorney; being married to one is good enough for me, thank you.
Current Volunteer Roles
- Allen Art To Go, volunteer teacher (2013+)
- The National Center for Fathering, Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer (2010+)
- Cistercian Prep School (1998+): Alumni Development Committee; formerly Capital Campaign Steering Committee
- Crossroads Community Services (2009+): Advisory Board
Honors and Awards
- TEDxPlano speaker (2014)
- TEDxUTA speaker (2013)
- TEDxSMU (2012)
- BigBang!TX speaker competition winner; won both the audience and judges’ votes
- “Excellence in Communications” winner, 2013 Night of Light (Center for Nonprofit Management)
- “Small Business Panel” scholarship (2013 CGI America, Clinton Global Initiative)
- “40 under 40″ (Dallas Furniture Bank, 2010)
- Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE); accreditation in 2008.
- “Hunger Justice Leader” (Bread for the World, 2008)
Television and Radio Spots
Below is a partial list.
- See others at http://pep.org/media/.
- 2012-12: NPR / KUHF 88.7 FM, “Business School Behind Bars” (by Andrew Schneider); four-part series running throughout Christmas holiday season
- 2012-08-10: Newstalk with Sean Moncrieff (Dublin, Ireland)
- 2010-11-14: CW33‘s Erin Harris. TV interview about EIA.
- 2010-11-11: NBC 5′s Grant Stinchfield. TV interview about how to determine whether a charity is maximizing donors’ resources, “Veterans-related Charity Under Fire”
- 2010-10-08: NBC 5′s Grant Stinchfield. TV interview about a controversial nonprofit in his piece, “Where Does ‘I Love Boobies’ Wristband Money Go?”
- 2010-08-15: KLUV 98.7, Community Corner with Kathy Jones, Radio interview about EIA.(also broadcast on KVIL and KRLD)
- 2010-04-07: CNN Radio 1190 AM’s “Innovation at Work,” w/ Winston Edmondson, Radio spot about EIA.
- 2010-04-06: America Tonight w/ Kate Delaney, radio spot about EIA
- 2010-03-14: CW33 TV’s “DFW CloseUp” with Vanessa Brown. TV interview about EIA.
Print and Online Media
Below is a partial list.
- See others at http://pep.org/media/.
- 2013-01-26, TEDxSMU Talk: Rethinking Prison
- 2012-12-10, The Financial Times, “Prisoners with an eye for profit learn lessons from behind bars“
- 2012-11, Dallas Culture Map, series of articles related to my TED talk: here here here and here
- 2012-10-31, The Huffington Post, “Can’t Wait to Go Back to Prison! (Ryan Mack)“
- 2012-03-27, The Fiscal Times, “Meet America’s New Small-Business Owners: Ex-Cons“
- 2012-01-20, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “A Fundraiser Goes Behind Bars“
- 2012-01-03, Restaurant Management Magazine, “Marketing Musts“
- 2011-12-30, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “2012 Resolutions for the Nonprofit World“
- 2011-12-23, SMU Magazine, “SMU and Dallas: Defining the Future“
- 2011-12-22, Sumac, “8 Brilliant Non-profit Newsletter Ideas from the Experts“
- 2011-12-16, BizPlanCompetitions.com, “Non-profit funds micro businesses via BPC“
- 2011-11-24, The Street/Mainstreet.com, “What Main Street Is Thankful for This Year“
- 2011-11-16, Fox Small Business Center, “Creating a Successful Seasonal Business All Year-Round“
- 2011-11-09, Mint.com, “6 Tips for Hosting a Successful Garage Sale“
- 2011-11-07, Business 2 Community, “The Future of Marketing: 46 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012“
- 2011-10-19, The WordChef: “10 Totally Unique Ideas for Your Next Blog Post“
- 2011-10-18, American Express Open Forum: “Top 5 Secrets To Hyper-Local Marketing“
- 2011-09-24, Change for a Dollar: “The Hobbit as Nonprofit Manager: How to Do Great Things without Forgetting the Good Things“
- 2010-04-23: The Dallas Business Journal, Lena Dirbash. “Organization matches executives with charities,”
- 2010-02-09: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Scott Nishimura. “Dallas-based Executives in Action lends expertise to nonprofits“
- 2010-01-15: Park Cities People, “Laid Off Execs Lend Hands to Charities”