|Kathryn E. Merchant |
Kathryn E. Merchant is President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1997, Ms. Merchant was the director of The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Neighborhood Preservation Initiative and a partner in the New Haven-based consulting firm Holt, Wexler & Merchant. She has also served as the director of planning for the United Way of Greater New Haven and as planner/grants manager for the South Central Connecticut Area Agency on Aging.
Ms. Merchant has served on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, including Philanthropy Ohio (formerly Ohio Grantmakers Forum), SC Ministry Foundation, United Way of Greater New Haven and United Way of Connecticut. She is presently Board Chair for the Center for Effective Philanthropy.
Other current board service includes the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), National Center for Arts and Technology, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, and the Metropolitan Club (chairman 2004). Ms. Merchant served on the board of the Council on Foundations 2001-07, including vice chairman 2006-07, and the Community Foundations of America Board (Giving Net) 2000-2008, chairman 2003-06. She is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati Class XXI.
In 2012, Ms. Merchant received the Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative Commonwealth Award and the Woman of the Year in Nonprofits at the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber WE Celebrate Awards. She was honored with the Council on Foundations’ Distinguished Grantmaker Award in 2011. In addition, she received a Career Women of Achievement Award from the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati (2005) and the Ohio Philanthropy Award from Philanthropy Ohio (2006). She is one of the “Top 50 Power & Influence” leaders in 2008 selected by The NonProfit Times.
Ms. Merchant has a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.