Cathy Sterling has devoted the past three decades to focusing on the advancement of the nonprofit sector in the nation’s capital and across the country. She believes that the ultimate strength and integrity of our cities and communities depends on the health of our nonprofit institutions. Cathy brings to Schultz & Williams and its clients her extensive experience in governance and Board training, institutional advancement, managing during transition and results-oriented communication. Her specific areas of focus are capital campaign planning and implementation, major gifts fundraising and stewardship, messaging, communications, and Board strengthening.
Building on her nonprofit leadership experience, Cathy now heads S&W’s Washington, D.C., office. Since joining the firm, she has partnered with numerous clients from the cultural arts, environmental and social service arenas, counseling them on advancing their organizations, designing new development programs, planning and launching capital campaigns, and creating successful solicitation strategies for campaign leadership and major donors. Most recently, Cathy provided development counsel for the National Women’s History Museum’s $450 million campaign, served as interim vice president for development for Scholarship America and designed a $30 million capital campaign for a new cultural center in Columbia, MD. Her many clients have included The Phillips Collection, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the American Shakespeare Center, the American Alliance of Museums, The Wilderness Society, Chimp Haven, Meals on Wheels Association of America Foundation, and the Trust for the National Mall.
Prior to joining S&W, Cathy served as vice president for development at WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C., where she helped plan and implement their Campaign for the New Century and advanced their Board and volunteer leadership. She has also served as director of corporate and foundation relations for the Phillips Collection and as administrative officer with the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Cathy is a former advisor to The Fund for Arts and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe. She speaks widely on fundraising topics and was a master teacher within the national Public Broadcasting System. She has conducted seminars in Russia, sponsored by The Fund for Arts and Culture, on public sector management and fundraising issues. She currently serves on the Board of the Barker Foundation. Cathy holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) and an M.B.A. and M.A from American University. She attended The International School of Brussels and is a graduate of The Hockaday School (Dallas, TX).