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Article | January 26, 2024

Congregation Update: Welcoming Louise Gregory

Blog|The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

Dear Friends,

It was such a pleasure to see so many people at the Memorial Service we had for Alan Jones on Wednesday. People traveled thousands of miles to be here and the cathedral was full of his friends. It was the most powerful experience I remember ever having here, a true family reunion that included friends I had not visited with in decades. It made me feel so grateful for each of us and for this great cathedral that brings us together and to God whose spirit we see here.

This Sunday, Bishop Marc Andrus will be with us for his official visitation and our Annual Meeting (which starts at 9:30 am and will be in the Nave). This will be a chance for us to reflect on the ministry we do together as a congregation and to learn more about what the future might hold for us. The annual meeting will be in person but also broadcast online.

On Sunday afternoon, our new trustees will begin the first of two orientation sessions. They will be joined by our newest staff member, Louise Gregory. Louise will be doing the work that Katherine Thompson did as our Canon for Development.

Louise comes to us from her role as Executive Director of Development at the University Library at the University of California, Berkeley, where she was responsible for raising $150 million in 6 years for the University’s Light the Way campaign, which included $60 million for the renovation of the Moffitt Undergraduate Library into a new Center for Connected Learning.

Louise has a 30-year track record of development success in higher education and cultural organizations, and during her career, she has worked on five capital campaigns, at the Oakland Museum, California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, the Berkeley Art Museum, and Pacific Film Archive, and at the University Library. She has extensive experience partnering with boards of trustees and staff colleagues to raise funds and visibility for the organizations she serves.

A native of Georgia, Louise has a B.A. in French and English from Hollins University and an M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and she lives in San Francisco with her husband, Joe Scanga. She has attended many events at Grace Cathedral over the years and looks forward to meeting everyone soon.

Louise’s official biography does not directly mention it, but she is a very lively person and will bring great skills and energy to our life together.

May God bless and keep you today and always!


The Very Rev. Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young
Dean of Grace Cathedral

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