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Kerry Alys Robinson - Witness Interview


April 14, 2019

Kerry Alys Robinson
Global Ambassador, Leadership Roundtable

Kerry Alys 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 Alys 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.

She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Medicine at Yale University, have two children, Christopher and Sophie. This interview took place in the Salt and Light studios on January 11, 2019.