Highwood Capital

McCray is the Chief Executive Officer of Highwood Capital, LLC, with extensive experience and knowledge in National Fundraising/Development, being heavily involved with development for political, business and non-profit entities - consulting for/or previously for significant non-profits such as the PGA Tour and its First Tee and Birdies for the Brave non-profits, the Washington Caps & Wizards, the Bipartisan Policy Center (Majority Leaders Bob Dole & Tom Daschle’s non-profit), the Eno Transportation Center, the Washington-Ireland Program, Thanks-USA – veterans non-profit, the American Tort Reform Association, a healthcare non-profit aimed to lower defensive medicine, the Monique Burr Foundation – an anti-bullying non-profit focused on empowering children and teachers, along with hosting an event for Pope Benedict, XVI during his U.S. visit.

Further, McCray actively advises or has advised numerous U.S. Senators, Governors, presidential campaigns, national coalitions, and corporations in the business and political arenas, including Gov. Scott Walker, Gov. Jon Huntsman, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-I.D), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Bob Bennett (R-UT), John McCain (R-AZ), among many other statewide politicians and candidates.

Previously, McCray served as the Deputy National Finance Director for John McCain’s presidential campaign, where he actively managed a 50-state finance strategy. Prior to a brief stint at the National Republican Senatorial Committee running the major donor program, McCray served on the Senior Staff of U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) as General Counsel and as a Strategic Advisor for the Senator’s re-election campaign. McCray actively advised the Senator on legislative strategy and served as a principal liaison to industry groups. McCray developed deep connections with the majority of the Republican Chiefs of Staff and U.S. Senators, and he established significant contacts nationally with industries across the board. McCray has set historic fundraising records in Montana, Kansas, Utah and North Dakota.

Before working for Senator Burns, McCray practiced corporate law in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP and in Washington, D.C. at the law firm of Dow Lohnes & Albertson, PLLC in the areas of Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity/Finance - advising senior corporate executives, management teams and boards of directors on corporate governance, acquisition guidance, and private equity and venture capital financing arrangements.

Hailing originally from a cattle ranch in Geyser, Montana, McCray attended Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Communications, with Highest Honors. While at MSU, Jim served as MSU’s Student body President and the President of the Montana Associated Students, representing all public universities in Montana and actively worked with the Montana Board of Regents, the State Legislature and Montana Governor Marc Racicot.

In addition, McCray founded the MSU Leadership Institute - an institute dedicated to helping students develop leadership, management and communication skills to effectively enable them to succeed in their personal and professional endeavors. McCray chaired the National Advisory Board from 2000-2005. The MSU Leadership Institute continues to thrive today, with an active leadership and development program and brings in renowned world leaders such as the former President of Poland and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Lech Walesa and Maya Angelou. After college, McCray attended Vanderbilt University School of Law, in Nashville, Tennessee, graduating with his Doctor of Jurisprudence in May, 2000. While at Vanderbilt, McCray served as Managing Editor for and was published in the Vanderbilt Law Review.

McCray presently serves as the Vice Chairman of St. Vincent Hospital’s Foundation Board, a Trustee of Vanderbilt University Law School’s National Advisory Board of Advisors; and Chairman of the National Advisory Board to the Dog Tag Brewing Foundation, dedicated to helping military families nationwide.

Brad Wilson joined Highwood Capital, LLC in June of 2012. Brad brings to Highwood Capital, nearly ten years of political strategy and fundraising experience, as well as an intimate knowledge of Capitol Hill. Prior to joining Highwood Capital, Brad served as the State Director for U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) for eight years. In that role, he served as the main liaison between the State Of Alabama and Washington, D.C., along with running Sen. Shelby’s successful 2010 re-election campaign.

Brad has served as the Special Advisor for Congressional Affairs for the Delta Regional Authority, an eight state regional economic development agency comprising of eight states including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. At DRA, Brad oversaw all federal government relations and greatly expanded the agency’s profile both in the region, as well as on Capitol Hill, by expanding the agency’s budget and involvement with over six federal agencies.

Brad previously served as Political Director for the Alabama Republican Party during the 2004 Election, where he orchestrated an unprecedented sweep of Republican seats on all levels of the ballot. Brad is a 2004 graduate of The University of Alabama, where he served as the President of the Interfraternity Council, as well as the Jason’s Men’s Honorary. Brad was born and raised in Dothan, AL.

Since joining Highwood Capital, LLC, Brad has worked with and consulted on a wide variety of clients, including The Eno Center for Transportation, a neutral, nonpartisan, transportation based think tank, The PGA Tour’s veteran’s outreach project, Birdies for the Brave, Congressman Connie Mack’s campaign for the U.S. Senate and U.S. Sen. John Hoeven from North Dakota.

Alexander joined Highwood Capital, as an Associate, in February of 2018. In the political realm, he is currently active with West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who is running for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines, North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. He previously spent a summer working in CSX Transportation’s federal affairs office.

Since joining Highwood, Alexander has worked with a wide array of non-profits, including Fairness for Athletes in Retirement, Montana’s Outdoor Legacy Foundation, Warriors on Quiet Waters, and Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. He also has worked with Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Richard Corcoran, who ran for Governor of Florida, and Troy Downing, who ran for U.S. Senate in Montana.

Alexander is a Washington, D.C. native and is a 2017 graduate of Georgetown University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, watching soccer, and traveling.

Jon Goldberg joined Highwood Capital in September, 2017. Prior to joining the firm, Jon served as Director of the Problem Solvers PAC at No Labels; a political advocacy organization working to promote bipartisanship in the federal government. In that role, Jon led No Labels' fundraising efforts and provided support to over forty members of Congress who comprise the Problem Solvers Caucus.

Jon also served as Finance Director on a top tier Congressional race in Michigan and has worked in major gift and corporate fundraising for nationally known advocacy organizations and think tanks, including FWD.us and the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Since joining Highwood Capital, Jon has worked with and consulted on a wide variety non-profits, including The Montana Outdoor Legacy Foundation, Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions and the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial Commission. Jon has also advised and played a key role on consulting teams on statewide campaigns in Florida and North Carolina.

Jon earned his Bachelor of Arts from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., with a degree in Environmental Policy.

Preston Kerr joined Highwood Capital, LLC in May of 2014. Preston brings to Highwood Capital, five years of political strategy, legislative relations and fundraising experience, as well as an intimate knowledge of Capitol Hill.

Preston began his career in D.C. by serving as an aide in multiple roles to U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX). He worked on both political and legislative affairs in the Senator’s personal office and the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). Following the Senate, Preston rounded out his Hill experience by assisting U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) while he chaired the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) and the Rules Committee. He has also held internships in the offices of U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), Wiley Rein, LLP and Ernst & Young.

Since joining Highwood Capital, Preston has worked on a diverse variety of clients including the PGA Foundation, Big Game Forever and Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals and Wizards). Further, Preston has advised and played integral parts on consulting teams for statewide U.S. Senate campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Montana.

Preston earned his Bachelor of Arts from Furman University, with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. During his time at Furman, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. Preston grew up in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Highland Park High School.