Catherine Ormerod

Catherine Ormerod, MSS, MLSP is the founding Director of the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Instituteor NELI. Catherine began her career in journalism and public relations, but increasingly turned her focus to social change organizations. After several years of working as a consultant specializing in public relations, development and advocacy campaigns for regional nonprofits, she served as Press Secretary in the 1992 Lynn Yeakel for US Senate campaign in Pennsylvania during the highly charged so-called “Year of the Woman”. Combining her passion for social policy and nonprofit organizations, she returned to academia and graduated from Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research with a Masters in Social Services and a Masters in Law and Social Policy. She was Director of Education of Living Beyond Breast Cancer and directed WOMENS WAY 25- a year-long substantive examination and celebration of women’s progress as seen through the lens of a progressive women’s funding federation. She has taught in the social policy sequence in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Policy and Practice (2002-2006); is an Advisory Board Member and former President of the Board of Laurel House; is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Responsible Funding and serves on the Community Grantmaking Committee for Bread & Roses Community Fund.