Rafe Pery is an independent non-profit consultant with more than fifteen years of COO/CFO expertise, including finance, business operations, accounting, program development, volunteer management, event production, direct marketing, grant writing, information technology and human resources.
Rafe was instrumental in the 2004 merger of the Starlight Children’s Foundation and Starbright Foundation, integrating the business functions, organizational structure and administrative policies for a $30M non-profit organization. Prior to his tenure with Starlight Starbright, Rafe managed the legal separation and reorganization of the agencies of the $11M Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles, developing and implementing a long-range strategic plan to resolve debt while re-investing in programs to insure the financial stability of independent chapters.
Serving as Director of Operations at Project Angel Food, Rafe implemented cost-saving measures in conjunction with his oversight of government grants to enhance the production, distribution and quality of more than 1,000 meals delivered daily throughout Los Angeles County to homebound individuals living with HIV/AIDS and other serious illnesses.
Rafe supervised the financial and administrative functions of Pallotta Teamworks, a non-profit fundraising consulting group specializing in multi-day large scale events. His work created an infrastructure that supported the organization from startup through a 350% growth period, including the creation and implementation of centralized accounting and financial systems to unify the central and regional offices throughout the United States.
Rafe holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He has been a featured lecturer to non-profit and accounting professionals on topics relating to practical business operations as well as managing organizations through growth and crisis.