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Pirie M. Gall, Consulting Associate

Pirie's career has spanned several continents and professional experiences as manager, consultant, trainer, and now, development writer and planning advisor. Recently he worked with Brakeley Briscoe on a major foundation grant for King's College, the capital campaign for a mental health agency, and on finding new funding sources for the nationwide Peruvian American Medical Society. His BBI experience includes counseling on finding corporate and foundation capital for the just-opened The National Archives Experience, a public-private partnership to create a state of the art museum and educational complex.

Pirie has applied years of experience in government with grant making, in private consulting with competitive contracting work, and his lifelong involvement with the arts to build a career in nonprofit management in varied roles - employee, paid consultant, and volunteer coach. He administered a musical theater group, coached the leaders of a Caribbean cultural troupe, guided the restructuring and strategies of two choruses and serves on their boards. His work in grant-seeking included filling a key role in the spring cycle of applications and reports to foundations for the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington D.C. He started the grants database and strategy for a multi-arts center that was under construction in Montgomery County Maryland, and helped the National Cathedral's Choral Society out of a grant-writing bind. He recently volunteered to write grants for post-tsunami reconstruction in Sri Lanka.

During his years with the Peace Corps, the Agency for International Development, and in private consulting firms Pirie designed and evaluated economic, community, and social development projects (domestic and international), trained management and technical staff, and administered large and small grants to nonprofit organizations. He has worked as both an internal and outside organization development facilitator. He developed an interactive way of evaluating programs and projects that became the new standard for program improvement. He has worked in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, several towns and counties in all regions of the U.S., and traveled widely in Africa and Europe.

Pirie holds a Certificate in Arts Management from the graduate program at American University, studied at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has a BA from Stanford University. He enjoyed a variety of non formal training in organizational development and adult education. He is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He speaks fluent Spanish.