Chairman & CEO, HUNGRY
Chairman & Founder, buySAFE
Chairman & Founder, LiveSafe
Board of Visitors, James Madison University
Jeff Grass is a serial entrepreneur and proven leader with a track record of building great teams and successful businesses.
Jeff is the Chairman & CEO of HUNGRY (www.TryHungry.com), the first ever platform that connects offices to top local chefs in an ultra-reliable and super cost efficient way.
Jeff is also the Chairman & Founder of buySAFE, Inc. (www.buySAFE.com) – a $40 million venture-capital backed (Grotech Ventures & Core Capital Partners) ecommerce conversion optimization company that builds trust to make online shopping safer and more confident for buyers and more profitable for online merchants.
He is also Chairman & co-Founder of LiveSafe, Inc. (www.LiveSafeMobile.com), a venture-backed (IAC Corp., Hearst Corp. & FedEx founder/CEO, Fred Smith) mobile safety and anonymous communications platform which crowdsources safety insights and actionable intelligence that safety and security professionals can leverage for better situational awareness, evidence gathering and emergency response.
In 1998, Jeff co-founded PayMyBills.com, an online bill management service. The company was a success story in the dot com era, growing to more than 200 people prior to its sale for $67 million.
Jeff previously worked as an eBusiness Builder and strategy consultant for McKinsey & Co. and as an Executive-in-Residence Professor at James Madison University. Early in his career, he was a Regional Manager for Travelers Property & Casualty’s bond organization where he co-led the development of a new division that wrote large surety bond guarantees for technology companies.
In 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe appointed Jeff to serve on the Board of Visitors at James Madison University (www.jmu.edu) and he has served as the Chair of the Audit Committee since 2017. He also serves on the Board of James Madison Innovations, Inc., on the Executive Committee for the Washington, DC YPO Chapter, as a NexGen Investment Partner (https://nextgenvp.com/) and advises a number of emerging companies in the Washington, DC area.
Jeff earned his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and in 2012-13 served as an Entrepreneur in Residence at The Wharton School.In 1992, he earned a BBA in Finance and Economics from James Madison University, where in 2002 he was the youngest person in the school’s history to win James Madison University’s Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
Jeff now lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Michelle and two young children, Grayson and Riley.He is an avid international traveler and has a history of running marathons barefoot though lately he’s mostly just an Orange Theory fanatic and loves spending time with his family.