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

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

Prior to his responsibilities with Johns Hopkins, John served as Vice President for Alumni and University Relations at Georgetown University. John 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 successfully 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, where 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.


  • Bryant University
  • Doheny Eye Institute
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Philanthropies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • Wheaton College
Areas of Expertise
  • Campaign Planning
  • Major Gift Program Development
  • Staff and Volunteer Teaching and Coaching

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