As a result of his 30+ years of significant nonprofit experience, Gary M. Mudd, CPA, has guided the agency’s financial growth from a $7 million budget in 2016, when he joined DOORWAYS as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), to its current $16.5 million budget. Under his watch, the agency infrastructure has expanded from six to 12 corporate entities with a complex set of rules, regulations, and requirements from the agency’s many funding sources, including Low Income Housing Tax Credits and New Markets Tax Credits.
A very complex entity, Gary managed the agency’s transformative expansion with precision and insight due to his fiscal and strategic expertise. His proficiency in creating comprehensive financial systems, rigorous reporting standards, and effective monitoring processes assured the agency’s financial stability throughout the transition and ongoing operations. The agency’s financial stability is validated annually through external audits of all areas of operation that reveal fiscal responsibility, efficiency, and effectiveness with no findings.
In addition to directing all aspects of financial planning, implementation, and reporting, Gary also manages the accounting policies and practices, participates in the formulation and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, and collaborates in the development of revenue sources. He played an integral role in a number of areas related to the capital campaign. As part of the DOORWAYS executive leadership team, he works closely with the Board of Directors and its Finance Committee.
Gary also guided the agency’s multi-year, and continuing, information technology infrastructure investments that elevated the agency’s IT resources to a dynamic computing network. His intuitive planning proved to be invaluable during the coronavirus pandemic, with the computing upgrades able to support a swift transition from in-office to work-at-home operations when businesses were suddenly closed to prevent widespread COVID-19 infections—minimizing service interruptions for our clients and their families during the pandemic.
With extensive nonprofit and accounting/audit experience, Gary has been recognized throughout his career for his fiduciary excellence and personal efforts to promote equity within disenfranchised communities. Most recently, he received the Champion Award from PROMO, an organization focused on ending discrimination, oppression, and systemic inequities in the LGBTQ+ community in Missouri. In 2021, Gary was one of seven members of the LGBTQ+ community recognized as part of the St. Louis Business Journal’s inaugural class of Business of Pride Award winners.
A member of the University of Missouri – St. Louis’ Finance and Legal Studies Advisory Board, Gary has previously served as co-president and treasurer for PROMO and as a member of the board of the St. Louis Effort for AIDS (now Vivent), Art St. Louis, and Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association.