Executive Vice President
Wendy McGrady has more than 25 years of development and marketing experience, many of them for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Much of Wendy’s work takes place behind the scenes working directly with clients, but she has also become a sought-after presenter and speaker on the topic of enhancing nonprofit development capacity and other fundraising issues. Past engagements include venues such as Tidewater Community College’s Academy for Nonprofit Excellence, University of Richmond’s Institute on Philanthropy, the Hudson Institute, and Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters across the region.
As executive vice president at The Curtis Group, Wendy works diligently to advise her clients, though she wears many more hats than that. She oversees planning studies, campaign management, and marketing for the firm and she conducts board trainings and retreats. Her two decades of experience include donor, volunteer and leadership cultivation, major gift solicitation strategy, and special event production. Her marketing background enables her to offer clients unique insight into brand development, public relations and effective communication of their efforts.
Immediately prior to joining The Curtis Group, Wendy was chief development officer for Tidewater Community College in southeastern Virginia. She is a past president of the Hampton Roads chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and currently co-chairs both the Giving USA Editorial Review Board—which offers valuable input to Giving USA—and The Giving Institute’s public policy committee. She also co-chaired the 2011 Virginia Fund Raising Institute.
Wendy is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins University. She is a member of the University’s Alumnae Board and is a past president of the local Hampton Roads Chapter. Wendy served as vestryperson and senior warden at Christ and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia. She is a graduate of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Hampton Roads and has served on numerous nonprofit boards. In terms of recognition, Wendy was selected by Inside Business in 2001 as a top “40 Under 40” honoree, and in 2006 as a recipient of the Women in Business Achievement Award.