Kerry Alys Robinson serves as a partner of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by harnessing the managerial expertise and financial acumen of senior level lay executives.
Kerry is a trustee of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and a member of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).
Kerry was the founding executive director of Leadership Roundtable, and 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; 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 has served on the advisory boards of Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world; the Initiative of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University; Catholic Women Preach, an online resource for ordained, religious and lay leaders responsible for excellence in preaching; and the Get in Touch Foundation, an international breast health advocacy organization. In addition to the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, Kerry currently serves on the boards of Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, the Hartford Bishops Foundation, Albertus Magnus College, the International Business Leadership Advisory Council (an initiative of the Secretariat for the Economy in Rome), the International Catholic Migration Commission and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas.
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. She is a columnist for Chicago Catholic and has a blog on spirituality called Love in Ordinary Time.
Kerry received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University, and an M.A.R. degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics. As an undergraduate she studied at Trinity College in Dublin and L’Institute Catholique in Paris. She is a recipient of honorary doctorates from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut; Aquinas Institute of Theology in Missouri; Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire; Misericordia University in Pennsylvania; St Joseph University in Connecticut; and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California. She was honored with 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; and the Cardinal Bernardin Award from Catholic Common Ground Initiative at Catholic Theological Union. Kerry was named the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving Distinguished Visitor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and delivered the Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture at Durham University in the UK and the commencement address at Emory & Henry in Virginia. 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 promotes best practices and accountability in the management, finances, communications, and human resources development of the Catholic Church in the U.S., including greater incorporation of the expertise of the laity.