The School of Philanthropy


October 17 & 18 2013 Lake distinguished visitor

Kerry Robinson is the executive director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management which is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the U.S. The Leadership Roundtable exists to strengthen the temporal affairs of the Church by harnessing the expertise and resources of Catholic senior-level executives from all sectors (including the financial, corporate, governmental, philanthropic, charitable, judicial and educational) in service to the Church.

Kerry is a member of The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities in Wilmington, Delaware and a member of the Board of Directors of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).

Kerry has served as a trustee on the national boards of the Education for Parish Service Foundation in Washington, D.C.; the Gregorian University Foundation in New York; the National Catholic AIDS Network in San Francisco; the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) in Washington, D.C.; the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University; Busted Halo: Paulist Young Adult Ministries; and the National Pastoral Life Center in New York. From 1995 to 2010 she served on the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Currently she is a trustee of the newly restructured and consolidated Jesuit Volunteer Corps and America Magazine.

She is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities, first published by FADICA in 1998 and now in its 6th edition. She has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990.

Kerry served as the Director of Development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a successful multi-million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center, designed by Cesar Pelli, on Yale’s campus.

She spent two years in London working for the Directory of Social Change, an organization dedicated to providing information and training for the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith.

In 1988 Kerry received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University, and in 1994 received an M.A.R. degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics. She is a recipient of honorary doctorates from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University (2010) and St Joseph College in Connecticut (2011) and has received the Hearts of the Community Award from the Apostles of the Sacred Heart (2011) and the Sapientia et Doctrina Award from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University (2009).

She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Medicine and Director of the World Fellows Program at Yale University, have two children, Christopher and Sophie.