John Kudless

Senior Vice President

I believe in the leadership role that the non profit sector plays in enhancing the quality of life in our society. Building a culture of philanthropy and greater, sustainable development programs defines an institution’s ability to achieve its aspirations faster with philanthropic investments.


John Kudless, Senior Consulting Vice President, brings more than 45 years of experience in fundraising and institutional advancement for educational, academic, medical, and cultural institutions.

Before joining GG+A, John spent 14 years at The Johns Hopkins Institutions. At Johns Hopkins, he served as Executive Director of Development for Principal Gifts, focusing on $1 million-plus commitments from alumni, parents, patients, and friends for the university and hospital. He also served as Director of Development for the School of Public Health on the medical campus and Associate Director for Planned Giving for the university and hospital.

Before his time with Johns Hopkins, John was Vice President for Alumni and University Relations at Georgetown University. He also served as Vice President for Advancement at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, the only urban campus in the Virginia state university system, the university completed its first capital campaign, exceeding the goal by 20 percent and achieving the goal one year ahead of schedule. During his tenure, VCU nearly doubled its endowment, heightened its visibility throughout Virginia and the nation, and established new alumni programs in a recently merged multi-campus environment.

Early in his career, John also worked as Director of Development for the National Symphony Orchestra. In this role, he initiated the Orchestra’s first endowment program and expanded volunteer leadership, direct mail, and planned giving activities.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northeastern University and a master’s degree in political science from The American University.

  • Albright College
  • American Red Cross
  • Babson College
  • The Baldwin School
  • Baltimore Community Foundation
  • Bryant University
  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Cancer Institute of New Jersey Foundation
  • City of Hope
  • Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Dana Hall School
  • Dickinson College
  • The Doheny Eye Institute
  • Duke University Medical Center
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • The Field School
  • Goucher College
  • Inova Health System Foundation
  • James Madison University
  • Jupiter Medical Center Foundation
  • The LDS Philanthropies, Brigham Young University
  • Louisiana State University Foundation
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • MedStar Health System
  • Miami University
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Oklahoma State University Foundation
  • Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Rowan University
  • The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
  • The Salvation Army
  • St. Joseph’s University
  • St. Paul’s School, Maryland The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Philanthropies
  • Tulane University
  • United States Golf Association
  • United States Naval Academy Foundation
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hawaii
  • University of Houston System
  • University of Miami
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Florida
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • University of Virginia Health System
  • Western Michigan University
  • Wheaton College
Areas of Expertise
  • Campaign Planning
  • Major Gift Program Development
  • Staff and Volunteer Teaching and Coaching

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