Jamie McDonald is CEO of Surge Baltimore. Jamie is an experienced entrepreneur, movement builder, speaker, workshop leader. Prior to joining Surge, she was an advisor to global entrepreneurs, social innovators, and impact-focused executives at companies, organizations and philanthropies.
Jamie spent the first 16 years of her career as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank, where she was a managing director leading the Private Equity Coverage Group. When she left Deutsche Bank, Jamie became an entrepreneur. She was the co-founder and CEO of GiveCorps, a crowdfunding and community building software platform that was by acquired by Network for Good, one of the nation’s largest online charitable giving platforms, in 2014.
After the sale of GiveCorps, she founded Generosity Inc. to bring her passion and experience with scaling companies, community mobilization, narrative development and transformative innovation to businesses and organizations. She has synthesized her experiences into the Big™ model for movement building and systems change. She takes clients and speaking audiences on an interactive journey to first understand what it means to think big, and then provides a step-by-step process that anyone can follow to find the courage, build the model, and then take the “leap” into changing their work - or the world.
Jamie is also devoted to her adopted city of Baltimore, where she is engaged in a range of initiatives and organizations. She serves (or has served) on nonprofit boards like Open Society Institute, Impact Hub Baltimore, Venture for America, and Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab, The Center for Urban Families, Job Opportunities Task Force, Innovation Works Baltimore, and Betamore, among others. She is the Founding Chair of the first large-scale Light and Innovation Festival in the US, Light City Baltimore, which has attracted more than a million visitors and generated nearly $100 million of economic impact for the City. She also offers her BIG workshops for free to cohorts of Baltimore social entrepreneurs, providing them with both her coaching and training, and facilitating peer-learning cohorts meant to strengthen the civic fabric of the city.
Jamie has been featured in print, TV, radio, and podcasts, including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the White House Social Innovation Blog, NTEN, The Baltimore Sun, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, Southwest Airlines Magazine, Southern Living, Baltimore Magazine, The New York Times, Aspen UK, Forbes Russia, the Huffington Post, among many others. She has also been featured in “Women Make Great Leaders,” by bestselling author Jill Griffin.
Jamie is an experienced keynote speaker, workshop leader and emcee. Her style is warm, authentic and engaging – the kind of presenter who everyone wants to be friends with. Her ability to connect and inspire keeps her busy traveling, and she hopes to meet you soon.