His interest in Catholic development began shortly after high school. He is a 1978 graduate of Sacred Heart High School in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. After completing an undergraduate degree in music and education, he returned to his high school alma mater in 1986 to serve as the school's first Director of Marketing and Recruitment. While there, his duties naturally grew into other aspects of development. In 1989 he left his position at Sacred Heart to pursue an MBA at the University of Notre Dame.
Upon completing his degree in 1991, Greg went to work for Mr. Tom Suddes, a former Director of Development from the University of Notre Dame, who took the Notre Dame model of fundraising and applied it to Catholic secondary education. He served with The Suddes Group a total of three years, consulting on campaigns for Catholic high schools across the country.
"I think what makes me effective as a consultant is the fact that I've worked in campaigns on a very detailed level," said Mr. Jeffrey. "I know how clients and staff members feel as they look ahead to a campaign. The amount of work can be intimidating, but I partner with clients to share the work."
In recent years, the explosive growth of Catholic radio has been of particular interest. Mr. Jeffrey was among the founding board members who established Real Presence Radio. In just twelve years, one station has grown to a network of thirteen serving four states.
Clients especially appreciate Greg's writing talents. He ghost-writes for fundraising and alumni publications throughout the country, and has served a number of Catholic high schools and other non-profit organizations as an adjunct grant writer. In October 2010, Our Sunday Visitor published Mr. Jeffrey's first book, Why Enough is Never Enough: Overcoming Worries About Money-A Catholic Perspective.
His long-standing interest in theology led him to seek an M.A. in Theology from Franciscan University, a degree he completed early in 2000. "There aren't too many people with an MBA from Notre Dame and an MA Theology from Franciscan," notes Mr. Jeffrey. "But it's an ideal combination for what I do."