Senior Consultant

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Bob-Graby-Optimus-FundraisingRobert P. Graby, Ed.D., is a Senior Consultant with 25 years of fundraising experience, including administrative and development leadership positions in private secondary education. His background includes successful capital campaigns for three Catholic high schools in California and Washington that raised a combined $38 million.       

Bob began his fundraising career in 1988 as part of a campaign leadership team that successfully raised $14 million for capital improvements to St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in San Francisco.

In 1996, Bob accepted the position of President of Seattle Preparatory School in Seattle. In that capacity he helped the school successfully complete a $9.5 million campaign to complete a new classroom building and underground garage. As Vice President for Development he also led “Prep” in a $14 million capital campaign to build a new chapel/theater, fine arts center and entry commons. Working with school leadership, trustees and volunteers, Bob engineered a successful conclusion to the campaign, including a gift in excess of $7 million. In his time as Vice President of Development, Bob directed all aspects of fundraising including annual giving, auctions, planned giving and online giving.

Before joining Optimus, Bob served as President of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy High School in Everett, WA. In his time at AMHS, he led the school in the creation of its first long-range strategic plan and the implementation of the largest capital campaign in school history.

In an accomplished fundraising career, Bob has designed and directed campaigns, worked with and trained boards and volunteers, successfully written foundation and corporate grant proposals and solicited gifts at every level. In addition, he has overseen and understands the day-to-day functions of a development office, including annual fundraising programs and goals, staff structure and management, donor relations, volunteer management, operational budgets and donor management systems.

Bob has the ability to see and create a vision and to translate that vision into the specific activities that bring success. Moreover, he has a clear understanding of how fundraising supports the mission of a not-for-profit organization.

Bob earned his undergraduate degree from San Jose State College, his Masters from San Francisco State College and his doctorate from the University of San Francisco. He resides in Bothell, Washington with his wife Susan.