My journey into the nonprofit world started in the burn ICU center at Vanderbilt Hospital. Until then, my life revolved around Roman sarcophagi, gothic architecture, and the study of ancient Greek. I was prepping to take on a PhD in church architecture and history when I was asked to join a research team exploring ways to improve communication between families and care teams in highly volatile situations.
That’s when I really fell in love with communications, analytics and development. It’s also when I realized that I wanted to spend my life working with passionate people and tackling large messy problems.
In 2012, I moved back to San Antonio, connected with an agency doing similar work with hospitals and began my journey as a nonprofit consultant, working with other organizations along the way. I became fascinated with the way we could cross-pollinate base practices among agencies, and in early 2013, I established Burnam Consulting.
Over the next two years, I had the wonderful opportunity to work with, learn from, and join forces with dozens of nonprofits all over San Antonio. In the process, I learned that every agency, no matter the size or age, has the potential to dream big and transform our community.
Since I started Burnam Consulting, much has changed. In September of 2014, my wife Niki and I welcomed a beautiful little girl named Sophia into our lives and in the summer of 2015, Carrie Gray and I decided to join forces as nonprofit consultants, establishing Burnam | Gray. The ride is only getting better, and I can’t wait to see where we go from here.
I hope you’ll let us be a part of your story too!