President and Founder of NERDS RULE INC.
Tristaca McCray is President and Chief Executive Officer of NERDS RULE INC., a leading humanitarian organization that gives communities, schools, partners in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and become effective leaders.
In 2011 her first year the helm of NERDS RULE INC., Tristaca deployed a bold strategic framework to guide and grow her hometown humanitarian organization’s impact for youth, teens and young adults dealing with Bullying, Domestic Violence and Suicide Prevention by 2020 through scale and innovation.
As a respected and nationally recognized leader in the community and nonprofit sector, Tristaca is now a Founding Member of the World Kindness Movement USA. Proven leader with extensive experience in strategy, development, and operations of award winning programs focused on delivering best-in-class results. Highly effective in working with diverse teams to grow and administer complex operations. She has always been passionate about the importance of building community and leveraging the strengths of team members to deliver significant and sustainable positive impact.
Tristaca is on the San Diego Suicide Prevention Council, Suicide Prevention Council Faith Sub-Committee, Suicide Prevention Council Assessment & Evaluation Sub-Committee, member of the North County Philanthropy Council and has received numerous awards and recognitions:
11th May 2018: Partnership with Food 4 Less operation division of the Kroger Family of companies support for NERDS RULE INC's "Helping Hands That provide Hope" program
8th May 2018: OFA Fellows Graduate--- Organizing for Action is a nonprofit 501(4) organization and community organizing project that advocates for the agenda of former U.S. President Barack Obama
30th November 2017: Member of Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (SAVE FOOD) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
17th November 2017: San Diego Prestige Award Winner Most Influential Person In The Community
1st October 2017: Founding Member of the World Kindness Movement USA
3rd September 2017: World Kindness Movement Membership Award: 7th US Organization to receive in the 20 year history of the World Kindness Movement.
5th August 2017: NERDS RULE INC. member to United Nations NGO Branch Civil Society Network
17th July 2017: Certificate of Incorporation In The Republic of Uganda
5th May 2017: RISE San Diego Urban Leadership Fellows Graduate
14th March 2017: San Diego, California Proclamation "NERDS RULE INC. DAY"
1st January 2017: United Nations Development Programme NERDS RULE INC. programs developed with the Sustainable Development Goals ( Goals 1,2,3,4,5,8,11,12,14,15,16,17)
21st November 2016: Nominated San Diego Prestige Award Most Influential Person In The Community
10th October 2016: Member of NGO Branch United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
16th July 2016: San Diego, California Proclamation "Tristaca McCray Day" proclamation by Supervisor, Third District, Dave Roberts for her work with Suicide Prevention
14th June 2016: White House Award Winning Nonprofit Global "Change Maker" by The First Lady Michelle Obama and President Obama--- United State Of Women
18th October 2012: State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition Urban League of San Diego County Urban Leader Under 40
Tristaca’s professional accomplishments include 2016-2017 University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education Science graduate for the Rise Urban Leadership Fellowship Program. San Diego, California Resident Leadership Academy Facilitator, serving as a Family and Youth Peer Navigator working with organizations for Adoptions, Foster Care, Probation and Special Education.
Certified in several mental health programs such as Mental Health First Aid, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Family Violence & Substance Misuse, Bullying Prevention, San Diego County Human Trafficking Advocate, Next Level Leader, and more.