The Watertown Community Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy Berkley as its new Executive Director. Cathy brings more than three decades of management experience in social service, education, government and non-profit, as well as large businesses. She is a passionate believer in the power of small groups of people to build and sustain healthy, vibrant communities.
Prior to moving to Watertown, Cathy was Executive Director of the Crisis Call Center of Reno, Nevada, a 24-hour, 7 day, 365 days a year operation providing safe and compassionate support for individuals in any type of crisis. Cathy previously managed Senior Services for Santa Fe County, NM, and has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofit organizations involving health, education and community institutions in New Mexico, Colorado and California.
A former senior level manager at Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems, she reviewed grant applications for the charitable foundations of both corporations. Cathy also has a background in education, as co-founder of a high school for at-risk students that became a model for schools of its type. A strong advocate for the importance of business and education working together in communities, she spearheaded mentoring and apprentice programs between the public schools and high tech companies. Cathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Wellesley College, and a Master’s degree in Educational Design from Stanford University. A Charles River Road resident, Cathy loves walking alongside the river and getting to know the history of Watertown through the many historic sites in the area.
“We’re very excited about Cathy’s depth of experience with non-profit and for-profit organizations, and look forward to the great ideas and leadership that Cathy will bring to the Foundation” said WCF Co-President Darshna Varia. Cathy can be reached at Cathy.Berkley@WatertownFoundation.org