Community leaders who become ICONs tend to wear many hats and have more than one title. The Ambassador of San Diego, CA Secretary General Dr. Tristaca McCray takes a vision and makes it reality through sound strategy development. Tristaca has earned every title and more!
She intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an organization, brings them together into a coherent whole, helps others extend their thinking, and plant seeds of determination. She is an inspirational leader who tells stories that inspire action while at the same time is grounded in information that levers the business.
Respected as a credible voice in decision making, finding strategic opportunities for under-served communities, and establishing international partnerships, Tristaca earns a seat at the table wherever she serves.
Dr. Tristaca brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the field of mental health, community action projects, teen and youth empowerment and global outreach services. For the past twelve years, she has collaborated with global leaders and companies where she efficiently met unique organizational and programs to produce significant achievements in mental health awareness, bullying prevention, leadership skills in the next generation of young leaders, climate change, global partnerships, and
community improvement. Dr. Tristaca has received numerous awards and recognition’s:
03 December 2022: WKM President Nirmala Peters Mehendale in India announced Dr. Tristaca McCray as first African American woman to become the World Kindness Movement Secretary General.
12 April 2022: Women’s Business Award Nominee- Business Woman of The Year Award
26 February 2022: Empowering Black Families Community Award- Therapeutic Play Foundation/ Black Mental Health Task Force
06 September 2021: Women's Business Award Nominee--- Leader of the Year Award
05 September 2021: 2021 Best of Black SD Magazine Award for Best Nonprofit
16 June 2021: Featured on the Forbes Business List Next 1000
08 June 2021: Red Blazer of Excellence and Achievement Award
29 May 2021: We See You Award- PEPTalk Conference
15 April 2021: 2021 LONI Sisterhood Global Award
26 March 2021: 2021 100 Successful Women in Business Award
30 September 2020: Advisory Board Member with the Rain on Me Organization -- United Kingdom
22 September 2020: 2020 Inclusive Leadership in Action (ILIA) Awards. Nominated in two categories: Community Change Agent, which is co-presented with the University of San Diego, honors an individual who has shown dedication and action to make real, sustainable, and systemic change through the creation of innovative programs, policy, platforms, or partnerships. It recognizes the work of assisting the community’s ability to thrive in areas such as education, social enterprise, health and wellness, or advocacy.
The Anthony M. Medina People's Champion category honors an individual who has been an advocate and champion for underserved or marginalized communities. It recognizes advocacy in words and in action to bring about meaningful change for the people. The award is named in honor of the late Anthony M. Medina, a RISE Urban Leadership Fellow and ILIA award recipient, who founded People’s Legal Services to provide free and low-cost legal support to underserved communities.
04 September 2020: 2020 Best of Black SD Magazine Award for Best Nonprofit
10th August 2020: Gap Warriors, Nonprofits Serving Unmet Needs and the Women Who Lead Them (Featuring Dr. Tristaca McCray)
22nd May 2020: Graduate of Faith Mental Health Academy #MentalHealthMatters
1st May 2020: Creator/Writer/Producer of Fix Ya Crown Podcast
17th April 2020: Board Member with The Founder & Management of ASSOCIATION OF PERSONS AND STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY INCLUSION (APSDI) ---Uganda
28th April 2020: Launched NERDS RULE INC. Academy (Partners with organizations, schools, community leaders and parents to inspire individuals to think critically, empower, communicate effectively and achieve excellence. (Social Justice, Equality, Human Rights, Self-Empowerment thru Community Action)
29th January 2020: Member of the United Nation's International Youth Council
6th November 2019: Member of the Global Network of Civil Society for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)
10th September 2019: Certificate of Incorporation in the Federal Republic of Nigeria
(NERDS RULE INITIATIVE)
20th September 2019: Certificate to Commence Business In Ghana (NERDS RULE GHANA)
10th June 2019: State of Corporation Virginia (NERDS RULE INC. Chapter)
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 (NERDS RULE INC. Uganda)
5th May 2017: University of San Diego: 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
16th December 2015: State of Corporation Florida (NERDS RULE INC. Chapter)
15th May 2014: State of Corporation North Carolina (NERDS RULE INC. Chapter)
18th October 2012: State of California Senate Certificate of Recognition Urban League of San Diego County Urban Leader Under 40