Kerry Robinson’s Full Bio

Kerry Alys Robinson is the President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA and a former Executive Partner at Leadership Roundtable.

During her time in leadership at Leadership Roundtable, she led its work to expand globally and connect with Catholic leaders across the country and abroad. Kerry has been with Leadership Roundtable since its inception serving as its founding Executive Director for 11 years, and its Global Ambassador for four years. She now serves on Leadership Roundtable’s Board of Directors.

In addition to her work with Leadership Roundtable, Kerry serves as executive director of the Opus Prize Foundation, which awards an annual million-dollar prize honoring those whose ministry is dedicated to alleviating human suffering. Kerry is a lifelong member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She has been an advisor to and trustee of more than 25 grant-making foundations, charitable nonprofits, and family philanthropies. 

Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith. She is the prize-winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service, the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities, and has contributed chapters to five books, including A Pope Francis Lexicon, edited by Cindy Wooden and Joshua McElwee and Rising: Learning from Women’s Leadership in Catholic Ministries, by Carolyn Woo. Since 2017, Kerry has been a columnist for Chicago Catholic and maintains a blog on spirituality called Love in Ordinary Time

Prior to Leadership Roundtable, Kerry served as the Director of Development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, leading a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry, and construct a Catholic student center. 

Kerry has degrees from Georgetown University and Yale Divinity School.  She has been awarded seven honorary doctorates and is the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Sapientia et Doctrina Award from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; the Hearts of the Community Award from the Apostles of the Sacred Heart; the Madonna Della Strada Award from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps; the Cardinal Bernardin Award from Catholic Common Ground Initiative at Catholic Theological Union; and the Loyola Medal from St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City. She was also named the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving’s Distinguished Visitor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. 

She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Public Health and Infectious Diseases at Yale University, have two children, Christopher and Sophie. 

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