Catherine Ward is managing director, Private Sector Strategies, at JFFLabs. In her role, she engages and mobilizes business leaders to create inclusive talent management practices that lead to worker opportunity and advancement.

Cat is an experienced leader who has worked across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.  Before joining JFF, she led Taproot Foundation’s corporate advisory practice, leading a team that worked with some of the world’s leading companies to create strategies that drive social impact and develop talent. Before Taproot, she worked at the New York City Department of Small Business Services, leading numerous efforts to create new jobs and help New Yorkers find careers with growth potential. Her career began in New York City theater, as a director, producer, and educator.

Cat is a frequent speaker, facilitator, and trainer on the topic of social impact and cross-sector collaboration.  She has a master's degree in public administration from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Kenyon College.