Cathy Collins, Executive Search Consultant West Coast
Bachelor of Arts, Communications, University of Southern California
Cathy brings to Higher Talent more than 25 years of experience as a dedicated and effective leader for several nonprofit institutions in the fields of fundraising, marketing and communications, constituent relations and team recruitment and management. With this comes an inherent and practical ability to assess organizations effectively and determine strategies to help them grow, particularly in the area of engaging and developing talent. Cathy’s nonprofit expertise spans a broad spectrum ranging from education and public affairs to healthcare and the arts. Throughout her career as an exemplary fundraiser, assertive decision maker, and team builder, Cathy has consistently added to the bottom line and created stronger organizations.
Cathy’s extensive experience as a nonprofit leader and development professional brings unique depth and perspective to her work at Higher Talent where she manages all aspects of the recruitment process for a wide range of clients in the non-profit sector. Cathy possesses an in depth knowledge and understanding of all aspects of fund development including communications, annual giving, major gifts, grant writing, corporate and planned giving. Cathy’s broad fundraising knowledge provides her with the ability to understand the varying needs of a wide range of organizations and to scale recruitment strategies accordingly.
Prior to joining Higher Talent, Cathy served most recently as the Chief Development Officer for Mission Hospital Foundation. As a member of Mission Hospital’s executive team Cathy provided leadership to a 40-person Board of Directors and restructured a 30-member foundation team, positioning the organization for future revenue growth. Prior to Mission Hospital Cathy served as Chief Executive Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. She transitioned the organization from tenuous solvency to a robust and responsive organization with a diversified funding stream and high performing professional team. Cathy’s early career includes leadership positions within the University of California System at both the San Francisco and Santa Barbara campuses as well as Catholic Health Care West and CHOC Children’s Hospital in Orange County, CA.
Cathy is driven by her internal desire to serve others and make a difference. She has dedicated much of her life as a servant leader in various volunteer capacities. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for HOPE, a center dedicated to serving adults with intellectual disabilities through engagement in the arts. Cathy’s professional and volunteer leadership experiences have reinforced for her the critical importance of matching passion with talent as a recipe for success. A graduate of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, Cathy lives with her family in Irvine, CA