Jeremy Gregg originally wanted to be a poet, but he decided to go after the big money in nonprofit management in 2001. After serving as a volunteer member of the Dallas Advisory Board for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program since 2007, he was named the organization’s Chief Development Officer in 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 as Executive Director for a microlending institution called The PLAN Fund (now PeopleFund) as well as the founding Executive Director for Executives in Action, a nonprofit that places out-of-work executives on pro bono consulting projects at other nonprofit organizations. He received his Executive MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and previously earned degrees in both creative advertising and English from SMU in Dallas, Texas. His wife Natalie is also an entrepreneur who now leads her own law firm (and who also blogs for Huffington Post), and together they are raising two future small business owners named Madeleine and Harper. Jeremy blogs about prison, poetry and philanthropy at www.JeremyGregg.com.
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
- Cistercian Prep School (1998+): Alumni Development Committee; formerly Capital Campaign Steering Committee
- Crossroads Community Services (2009+): Advisory Board
Honors and Awards
- Won both the audience and judges’ votes at the TEDxSMU auditions at BigBang!; delivered a 6-minute talk at the TEDx conference called “Rethink Prison.” You can watch it here.
- Honored as “40 under 40″ by Dallas Furniture Bank in 2010.
- Earned my Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) accreditation in 2008.
- Selected as Hunger Justice Leader by Bread for the World in 2008.
- Selected as White House Intern in 1999 in the Office of Vice President Al Gore, Climate Change Task Force
I occasionally freelance as a journalist. I have recently written a few articles for Direct Selling News, including cover stories and supplements to the Wall Street Journal.
Television and Radio Spots
- 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
- 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”