Chatham University

Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series

Kate Dewey

Kate Dewey

Professional Experience
Kate Dewey is a principal of McCrory & McDowell LLC and a member of the Executive Committee. She has more than thirty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level. Kate is particularly interested in strategic alliances and building sustainable nonprofit delivery systems. She currently serves as adjunct faculty for Duquesne University's Trusteeship Institute.

Prior to joining McCrory & McDowell LLC, Kate was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., which merged with McCrory & McDowell LLC in July 2004. Kate was Manager of Community Affairs for Mellon Bank Corporation. From 1985 until 1991, Kate served as the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, an association dedicated to promoting effective philanthropy. Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1982, Kate was a Principal in Semerad Associates of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in governmental affairs, planning, and development services for nonprofits school-to-work policy formulation, and public/private ventures. She has held a variety of additional posts in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Executive Vice President of 7001 Ltd., President Ford's signature initiative focused on strengthening school-to-work transition services for high-risk youth; Interstate Juvenile Probation and Parole Coordinator/Liaison to Juvenile Corrections and Mental Health for the State of New Jersey; and Director of Ambulatory and Residential Treatment Services for New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.

Professional/Community Impact
Kate is the 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award in Pittsburgh. The ATHENA Award is recognized internationally as the premier honor for excellence in leadership among business, professional and community leaders. She currently serves as Chair of the Mentoring Partnership, Secretary of Human Services Center, and director of Leadership Pittsburgh. In the past, she has served on the boards of Sewickley Valley Hospital, Leadership Pittsburgh, Susan B. Komen Pittsburgh Chapter, Coro National, Coro Center for Civic Leadership, the Center for the Performing Arts, Pennsylvania Nonprofit Leadership Committee, The Society for Arts in Craft, the Allegheny County Commission on the Future of Libraries, the Allegheny County Children and Youth Services Advisory Committee, and the McCandless Town Council. She is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh, which is sponsored by the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, and the 1999 Recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA's Tribute to Women Award.

Ms. Dewey has presented at a variety of national and community conferences. She has also been quoted in a variety of national and local publications including the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Times, Council on Foundations, Pittsburgh Business Times, Washington Post, and the Post Gazette. In 2009, Dewey & Kaye released the nationally recognized research report, The Recession's Impact on Safety Net Needs in Ohio and Pennsylvania and Nonprofit Leadership: A Model for Growing Leaders. Additional publications include: Nonprofit Mergers: An Assessment of Nonprofits' Experiences with the Merger Process; Nonprofit Capacity in Changing Times; Imagine, Involve, Implement: Transforming Grantmaker Practices for Improved Nonprofit Results; and Basic Steps in Establishing a Corporate Giving Program, published by the Council on Foundations.

Kate received her Bachelor's degree from Rider College and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University. She was certified in 1995 as a management trainer by the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, an international educational organization.