By James Cohen
Catherine is a nonprofit leader with nearly 20 years’ experience as a facilitator, program designer and manager. As Keshet’s Chief Program Officer and member of Keshet’s Executive Team, she oversees Keshet’s institutional change work for greater LGBTQ inclusion in Jewish organizations, advocacy, and teen engagement. Catherine has dramatically grown Keshet’s teen programming, oversaw a major shift in the organization’s evaluation practices, and plays a key role in internal culture, leadership development, and racial justice efforts.
Catherine previously served as the Director of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship at JOIN for Justice, where she grew the Fellowship into a nationally acclaimed program for recruiting and training talented emerging Jewish organizers.
Outside of work, Catherine is an advisor for JPRO WellAdvised and the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project, an Education Advisory Committee member for Mayyim Hayyim, and a mentor for the Jew’V’Nation Fellowship LGBTQ cohort. Catherine also is an alum of the Selah Leadership Program and JOIN for Justice’s Jewish Organizing Fellowship, was awarded the Founder’s Fellowship at NYU’s Graduate School of Education and currently is a Schusterman Fellow.
Catherine graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College and holds a M.A. in sociology of education from New York University. She has received additional training in dialogue facilitation, Theater of the Oppressed pedagogy, facilitation for racial justice, and community organizing.
An extrovert IRL, Catherine is an introvert on social media. She lives at home with her spouse and two wonderful kids.