Director of Impact Strategy, Civic Engagement
Catherine Gray joined the Foundation in 2013 as Director of Impact Strategy, Civic Engagement. She leads strategic grantmaking, advocacy, and partnerships to advance equity through civic participation. An expert in leadership development, she is known internationally for her previous work at The White House Project, an organization aimed at increasing the number of women in civic leadership. Catherine’s work is informed by her varied life experience as an entrepreneur and an innovator, an athlete and a filmmaker. Her lifelong service as an advisor or board member began as a teenager and has included organizations that advance women and girls, as well as LGBTQ causes. Catherine attended Scripps College and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
“At its core, civic engagement is about power — empowering individuals, growing power as a community, and leveraging positional power on behalf of one’s community. It’s a beautiful and messy thing that can lead to decisions and policies working better for all.”