Chief Executive Officer, CCAC Educational Foundation
James R. McMahon (Jamie), CFRE serves as the chief executive officer of the CCAC Educational Foundation. He was formerly advancement director for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, where he worked with the Board of Trustees on annual and major gift fundraising projects, as well as for both Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Museum of Art during his tenure. Prior to that, Mr. McMahon was a director of development with the Medical and Health Sciences Foundation of the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC. He also spent a number of years as a fundraising consultant for Ketchum (now Pursuant Ketchum), where his clients included leading nonprofit organizations throughout the United States whose fundraising goals ranged from $3 million to upwards of $550 million. Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University where he teaches fundraising in the Master of Arts Management program.
Well known within Pittsburgh’s philanthropic community, Mr. McMahon has presented several times at fundraising conferences in Western Pennsylvania as well as at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference. From 2009-2015, he served on the national Standing Commission on Stewardship and Development of the Episcopal Church USA, with three years as its chair, and from 2010-2013 he served on the board of directors of the Western PA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, with two years as treasurer. Additionally, from 2011-2013 he served as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Tracing Center on the Histories and Legacies of Slavery. Mr. McMahon currently serves as the board chair at Calvary Episcopal Church in East Liberty, as well as a board member of Forward Movement.
Mr. McMahon holds an A.B. in English from Dartmouth College, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and is presently completing a doctorate in Higher Education Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification from CFRE International, the only internationally recognized baseline professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives.