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Community IT Voices: Vince Grady, CFO

Join us for our series featuring interviews with Community IT employees. In this series, we talk about nonprofit technology career paths, career resources, skills, and certifications. We will also touch on mentoring opportunities as you start out on your career and ways to give back if you are further along. If you are wondering what it is like to work at a place like Community IT, you can learn about it here.

In today’s interview, Carolyn talks with Vince Grady, the new Community IT Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who is 8 months into the job. Vince and Carolyn discuss his roundabout path to the CFO role, and how a diversity of backgrounds is common at Community IT and valued as one of our strengths – not all our employees have followed a typical path and that helps us connect with our nonprofit clients who often also have non-conventional backgrounds, education, and careers.

Vince also comments on the value of mentors in his career, and he and Carolyn discuss steps to finding mentors you connect with and can turn to for advice. The takeaway? Be open to finding mentors that have the skills you want to develop, in addition to the career roles you want to grow into, and invite mentorship wherever you find it. Most people love being invited out for coffee and to discuss their skills and experience.

Vince and Carolyn also discuss the way being an employee-owned company (ESOP) has shaped the internal culture at Community IT in valuable ways.

“It is cool seeing how being an ESOP affects the culture of our company. I can see first hand that it has such a positive impact on our employees. Everyone feels so connected and has pride of ownership in their work and in our mission, because they have a say in it, ultimately.”

Vince Grady


Vincent Grady

As Chief Financial Officer, Vincent Grady is responsible for Community IT’s financial management and reporting, ESOP administration, and other administrative functions, as well as acting as treasurer of the corporation. Vince joined Community IT in 2023.

Prior to joining Community IT, Vince served as VP, Finance and Ops for a media-buying agency for over 4 years, and VP, Finance and Administration for a behavior-change marketing agency for 4 years. He has over 14 years of dynamic experience in finance and operations, serving in diverse roles for both small and large multi-national organizations in different industries.

Vince has a B.A. degree in Political Science from Hampden-Sydney College.

Carolyn Woodard

Carolyn Woodard has served many roles at Community IT Innovators, from client to project manager to marketing. With over twenty years of experience in the nonprofit world and marketing, including as a nonprofit technology project manager and Director of IT, Carolyn knows the frustrations and delights of working with technology professionals, accidental techies, executives, and staff to deliver your organization’s mission and keep your IT infrastructure operating.

Carolyn is excited to help manage Marketing at Community IT Innovators and is always looking for new ways to tell stories and reach people.  She has a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University and received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Williams College. She thinks the best thing about being with Community IT Innovators is the people.

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We hope you enjoyed this Community IT Voices interview with Vince Grady, Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Community IT is the right place for you if you find fulfillment in helping others succeed and want to work for a company that serves nonprofits.

Our employees stay and grow with us, and over half of our staff have been with us for over a decade. Community IT is an employee-owned company with a positive, sustainable workplace that promotes professional development, a nonprofit IT career path, and a healthy work/life balance. We have been 100% employee-owned since 2012. Check out careers with us here.