Aug 06, 2018

Scott Gray

  • President/Executive Director
  • San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA
Executive Director Disability Education (Higher) Religious Cause Museums Libraries and Historical Sites Training

Personal Summary

Scott Gray is known for empowering people. As a leader he strives for a “flat” organization where every individual has the resources and authority necessary to achieve his or her responsibilities. And he creates working environments that both encourage and reward achievement. At the same time, he recognizes that as a leader, he is ultimately responsible for success or failure.

He works to ensure that the organizations he leads are truly reflective of the communities and audiences they serve.

He is especially cognizant of the importance of effective, mutually-supportive relationships with those responsible for organizational governance and provides them with unparalleled support and resources to make their terms of office effective, enjoyable, and a growth experience.

And he has ongoing international influence in sharing effective non-profit leadership and organizational strategies as a faculty member in the College of Extended & International Education at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He has taught a wide range of seminars on all facets of management and organizational leadership to visiting international business executives, most frequently from China.

Work Experience

Jun 2009 - Visit San Pedro

Founding president of non-profit destination management, education, and cultural tourism organization marketing the greater Los Angeles Harbor and Palos Verdes Peninsula communities

 Selected accomplishments

  • Identified and researched need for organization and undertook all organizational establishment work
  • Developed volunteer force of more than 75 local residents who respond rapidly to opportunities to serve the community
  • Developed comprehensive marketing, communication, and membership service program providing the San Pedro and Harbor areas with first dedicated tourism promotional plans and campaigns
  • Led successful process to obtain tax-exempt 501(c)3 status
  • Opened community’s first full-time dedicated visitor center
Dec 2008 - Apr 2012 Maritime Research Center

Chief executive of organization designed to link knowledge of maritime history with an understanding of the present and ability to discern the future. Led transition in organization from consumer programming to greater technical orientation and consulting

 Selected accomplishments

  • Identified need and established organization, including procurement of initial capitalization
  • Opened headquarters and retail shop
Senior Consultant
Sep 2005 - Dec 2008 Executive Consulting for the Nonprofit Sector

Affiliate of management consulting practice with emphasis on building personal and organizational effectiveness

Served as interim chief executive to non-profit organizations in transition

Selected accomplishments

  • Led transition from shared contract management to stand-alone office and staff for 501(c)6 trade organization, including recruiting and hiring staff, establishing operational systems, transitioning accounting operations. Key member of team that achieved record sponsorship revenues for a 15-year-old organization. Established business unit budgeting to provide better management controls for organization. Raised member satisfaction ratings for educational programming
  • Steadied a very troubled 501(c)3 human services organization. Brought government contracts into compliance with regulations. Reduced agency’s staff by 25% to align with available funding. Increased job satisfaction and commitment from remaining staff. Led team that eliminated agency’s $187,000 debt. Updated and revised accounting and reporting systems to enhance and ensure organizational accountability and compliance with government funding contract requirements
  • Led a 501(c)3 educational organization through transition between departing and new hire executive director. Restructured staff organization and operations for distributed communication and control and individual accountability, increasing cooperation between professional team and volunteers. Directed transition to updated accounting system and instituted financial control program to ensure greater accountability
  • Guided Native American service organization to redefine its operations and mission to better serve community, leading to  qualifying for its first-ever government grants and establishment of three-county service program
President/Executive Director
Jun 2000 - Dec 2008 Long Beach Area Literacy Council

Chief staff executive of leading regional literacy education organization

Responsible for all general management activities, including board relations, strategic planning, and development, and supervision of marketing, public relations, financial management, member relations, and volunteer management

Selected accomplishments

  • Implemented organization's first strategic development and fundraising plans
  • Developed organization's first earned income source with fee-based literacy training for industry
  • Expanded giving opportunities, including establishment of Business Partnership Program. Developed learner-centered approaches to literacy program planning and execution, including new paradigms for curricular decision-making and measurement and evaluation of learner success
  • Established Quantitative, Family, and Health Literacy programs
  • Established comprehensive curriculum review process for tutor training programs
  • Crystal Vision Award winner from Boeing California for management and program excellence
  • Selected as Outstanding Literacy Program in California, 2003


Executive Director
Sep 1995 - Feb 1999 390th Memorial Museum

Chief staff executive of foundation supporting and operating World War II aviation museum, theater, and research center

Responsible for all general management activities, including board, member, and donor relations, strategic planning, marketing, public relations, financial management. Supervised curatorial and exhibit design functions

Selected accomplishments

  • Increased endowment from $1,000 to more than $300,000 in 18 months
  • Established education programs and supporting curricula to serve more than 10,000 children and adults
  • Organized historical monograph publication program
  • Established and edited two quarterly publications
  • Increased volunteer staff from 12 to 56 people


Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership
Sep 1999 - Aug 2003 Pepperdine University
Master of Science in Communication Studies
Jan 1991 - Aug 1992 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Arts in Communications
Sep 1976 - Aug 1985 California State University, Dominguez Hills