Carla Maxwell Ray is a visionary leader and her expertise includes fundraising, strategic planning, external relations, Board development, marketing, and non-profit management. She recently authored Five Pillars of a First Class Life, a guide to financial freedom and mission driven living. Currently, Carla is a Sr. Generosity Strategist with Generis, a Christian firm that accelerates generosity in churches and nonprofits.
Carla has raised millions and helped to successfully conclude campaigns raising over one billion dollars. She was an institutional advancement administrator at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges and later the University of Maryland College Park where she helped their Campaigns significantly exceed goals. In addition, she was vice president at the National Office of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Carla now works with our county’s largest churches and powerful small churches coaching them through generosity initiatives.
Throughout her career, Carla worked with CEOs, pastors, philanthropists, and celebrities including Warren Buffet, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Turner, Ed Harris, Jane Fonda, Patti Labelle, the late Maya Angelou, Tyra Banks, BET’s Bob Johnson, Quincy Jones, and the late Ray Charles. Dignitaries include Former Surgeon General David Satcher, Ambassador Andrew Young, Claes Nobel, the senior member of the family that founded the Nobel Prizes, and several Nobel Laureates. Sports legends include John Elway, Dr. Julius Erving, the late Hank Aaron, Grant Hill, Tennis Legend Stan Smith, Len Elmore, and Golf Architect Tom Fazio.
Carla graduated Valedictorian from Lincoln University and holds a MBA from the University of Delaware. She is also a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Lincoln University Alumni Association & NCNW
She is happily married to Pastor Robert A. Ray. Rev. Ray, President, and Carla, co-own a senior relocation & downsizing company that helps with decluttering, estate and online sales. In addition, Carla enjoys swimming, gardening and mentoring others to establish debt-free and prosperous healthy lifestyles.
Carla regularly hosts webinars and speaks at various engagements, having previously partnered with Nona Jones, Dr. Howard-John Wesley, and Macy’s. She has also contributed to multiple publications, including Best Seller #ministrythatimpacts, a collection of strategies by thought leaders to assist you with creating or enhancing your ministry so that it impacts your congregation and community, compiled by Rev. Lakesha Womack. Shedule her for your next speaking event today.