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Imagine a career trajectory where you are not just part of an interesting and dynamic industry, but advancing it as part of a market-leading firm.

our values

Focused - We always and consistently get the job done - and then some.

Optimistic - There is always a productive path forward and together, we always find it.

Authentic - We say what we mean and mean what we say.

Empathetic - We know where you’re coming from because we’ve been there too.

Bold - We think for ourselves and do things differently.

meet our colleagues

Learn more about what it’s like to work at Graham-Pelton from some of our own colleagues.


BECKI MCKINLAY, Managing Consultant

“I knew working for Graham-Pelton would be different, but as I navigated my way through Cairo airport and was handed a mobile phone by a chap that had my name on a piece of cardboard, I felt more like a secret agent than a fundraiser.”

From buildings to bursaries, animal welfare to global issues, we get to work on amazing projects. But that is also the biggest thrill – adapting quickly to different clients, services, and personalities. No two days are the same. This means that if you want to work for Graham-Pelton, you need to have a can-do attitude, the ability to think on your feet, and not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone – because we do that every single day. There is never a straight line to the end result and that’s what makes consulting so exciting.

YASAMAN MARTIN, Senior Manager

“Graham-Pelton leadership puts its people first which creates a culture of ownership where employees want to excel – not only for the success of our clients but also for the firm and our colleagues.”

I’m inspired by the missions of our clients and motivated at the opportunity to help advance many of them. I’ve had the opportunity to learn about so many important missions that I otherwise would never know much about – everything from equestrian work, to Jewish life, to the game of chess! With all this variety, I’ve found focus, one of our core values, to be essential to our work. It’s my job to stay laser focused on the task at hand so that clients can remain focused on accomplishing their missions.

BRIAN O’LEARY, Managing Consultant

“We are serving our clients at a critical moment when they need help to push them to a new level.”

I’m motivated by the intellectual challenges that we encounter with a shifting philanthropic landscape, and people who are comfortable with constant change succeed here at Graham-Pelton. In addition to being change agents, our people are without exception inclusive, smart, and professional. We are dedicated to and curious about our ever-changing industry.

PAT HOUSE, Executive Vice President, Client and Consultant Development

“The ’empathetic’ core value is my favorite because it makes each of us more human. It also embodies our clients and how they can be successful in their missions.”

The drive of my colleagues, our focus on achievement, and our commitment to success sets an exceptionally high bar. We bring a new vision to the world of philanthropy with our innovative thinking, and we make a bold statement about the importance of the nonprofit industry through our thought leadership. I’m also motivated by the culture at Graham-Pelton, and how we care for one another. I’ve witnessed this firsthand most recently, when I was surprised with a food delivery when I was tending to a hospitalized parent.


“Graham-Pelton is innovative in our approach to working with clients in ways that I don’t believe other consulting firms are.”

We don’t take a cookie-cutter approach; we tailor our services to the client to ensure we are delivering the highest level of service were they are, not where we are.

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