Navigating the Nonprofit Leadership Journey (David Malloy)

July 2020

Making a job transition is challenging enough under any circumstance, but how about adding a pandemic, cross-country logistics, and a new baby to the family?!?!?!   That's exactly what David Malloy had to maneuver as he assumed his new role as Executive Director of the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation. David and I had great discussion in episode #45 of the Path podcast in which he shares many lessons learned from his national search process as well as the orientation into a senior leadership position.  He also highlights crucial networking and life-long learning tactics that paid off right when he needed them to, and it certainly offers great take-aways for our listeners.  David also finishes with some great book resources that are sure to enhance the collections for those of you interested in similar Executive Director opportunities.

"See how wide a network you can reach; it's really impressive and you can meet a lot of people who can support your journey."


David is the newly elected Executive Director of the California-Nevada United Methodist Foundation, which serves individuals, local church congregations and conference agencies. He came to the foundation after serving for 10 years in the Office of Development with the General Board of Global Ministries where he worked as the Director of Annual Conference Relationships and helped fundraise for over 900 projects and 350 missionaries in 65 countries. Malloy also coordinated trainings and presentations to equip church leadership with information on giving opportunities, donation data and project impact, including extensive work throughout Africa including Sudan, Uganda, Mozambique and Liberia, as well as for programs in Mexico, China and South Korea. Malloy previously served four years as the Director of Communications for the Greater New Jersey Conference, and before working in New Jersey, he was the fifth recipient of the Judith L. Weidman Fellowship sponsored by United Methodist Communications. Malloy is a fourth generation United Methodist and the product of a North Carolina Conference parsonage where he was taught the value of service in the church.  David is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a bachelor's degree in communications with a public relations concentration.  In 2015 he received a master's degree in Fundraising and Non-Profit Management from Columbia University.  David and his wife Summer welcomed their first child in December 2019.