Using a range of proven tools and practices, the Mueller & Associates team helps organizations gain clarity, alignment, and focus—and thus improve their effectiveness. His team helps clients clarify direction, focus, and strategy; strengthen governance; build strong teams; understand their culture and decision-making style; construct performance assessments; undertake internal and external studies; organize their fundraising endeavors; and conduct fundraising campaigns. With every client, JMA maintains a focus on achieving outcomes consistent with the organization’s unique mission, values, and objectives.
Prior to consulting, Jim held leadership positions at Cornell University (Assoc. Dir. of University Class Affairs, Dir. of the Midwest Office), Northwestern University (Dir. of Development, Campaign Director), Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (VP of Enterprise Advancement), and Advocate Healthcare (VP, Bioethics Center). He also served as COO of Grenzebach Glier and Associates, an international philanthropy consulting firm. Jim has facilitated organizational development processes for a broad range of client organizations, including the Smithsonian Science Education Center, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Broward College, Broward College Foundation, Florida International University, University of Texas Law School, Palm Beach Healthcare Foundation, Special Olympics Florida, Alaska Wilderness League, and Montana Wilderness Association.
Jim has consulted to nonprofits in the Caribbean as well, including Barbados (Barbados Association of Nongovernmental Organizations) and Haiti (the Haitian Hometown Association.) On the fundraising front, he successfully directed a $32M fundraising campaign for Northwestern University, and participated as a member of the fundraising team for Cornell’s mega-campaigns. He has solicited 6- and 7- figure gifts and successfully recruited and collaborated with CEOs of Fortune 100/500 companies to provide leadership to nonprofit causes, including the CEOs of Amoco, Continental Bank, LaSalle Partners, Motorola, United Airlines, and Zumiez. Jim is a graduate of Cornell University and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, with honors.