Kerry Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church. The Leadership Roundtable exists to strengthen the temporal affairs of the Church by harnessing the expertise and resources of Catholic senior-level executives from all sectors (including the financial, corporate, governmental, philanthropic, charitable, judicial and educational) in service to the Church.
Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).
Kerry has served as a trustee on the national boards of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; Education for Parish Service Foundation; the Gregorian University Foundation; the National Catholic AIDS Network; the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA); the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University; Busted Halo: Paulist Young Adult Ministries; America Media; Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities; FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities); and the National Pastoral Life Center. From 1995 to 2010 she served on the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She currently serves on the core group of the Initiative of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University and the advisory boards of the Get in Touch Foundation, an international breast health advocacy organization, and Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world. Additionally, Kerry is a member of the Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of Hartford and is a trustee of Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.
She is the prize winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities first published by FADICA in 1998 and now in its 8th edition. She has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990.
Kerry served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a successful $75 million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center, designed by Cesar Pelli, on Yale’s campus.
She spent two years in London working for the Directory of Social Change, an organization dedicated to providing information and training for the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom and Europe.
Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith.
Kerry received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University, and an M.A.R. degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics. She is a recipient of honorary doctorates from Aquinas Institute of Theology in Missouri (2014); Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire (2013); Misericordia University in Pennsylvania (2012); St Joseph University in Connecticut (2011); and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California (2010). She was honored with the Sapientia et Doctrina Award from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University (2009); the Hearts of the Community Award from the Apostles of the Sacred Heart (2011); and the Madonna Della Strada Award from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps (2014). Kerry was named the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving Distinguished Visitor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (2013) and delivered the Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture at Durham University in the UK (2014). In 2015 the Catholic Press Association awarded her book, Imagining Abundance, a first place prize.
She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Medicine at Yale University, have two children, Christopher and Sophie.
About Leadership Roundtable
Leadership Roundtable which is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. Leadership Roundtable exists to strengthen the temporal affairs of the Church by harnessing the expertise and resources of Catholic senior-level executives from all sectors (including the financial, corporate, governmental, philanthropic, charitable, judicial and educational) in service to the Church.