John Summers

Director, Consulting

John Summers is Director of Consulting Services at FMA. John works as part of FMA’s engagement teams to analyze business opportunities or challenges facing organizations, and to provide recommendations that link mission goals with financial realities. His support enables organizations to improve their financial health by addressing the realities of their underlying business models, enabling leaders to plan effectively for the resources necessary to carry out their missions. He has directed strategic business planning projects for organizations in the education, arts, and health care fields.

John also heads FMA’s research initiatives. He was a lead author of a major study commissioned by The Wallace Foundation of administrative management capacity in out-of-school time organizations, as well as a Hewlett Foundation study of the financial health of organizations in the Foundation’s performing arts portfolio. He also managed the development of a suite of resources for nonprofit financial management available on The Wallace Foundation’s website (see

Prior to joining FMA, John worked on a freelance basis with progressive organizations as a consultant and analyst, primarily focusing on issues of economic opportunity and political participation. He is active in numerous local nonprofit and faith-based organizations working for social and economic justice.

John holds a Master’s degree in political science from Indiana University, and a B.A. from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky.


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