Catherine Carpentieri

Chief Development & Communications Officer, FPWA

Catherine Carpentieri has over twenty-five years of experience in nonprofit development and communications, with a focus on major giving, direct response fundraising, institutional giving, events, board development, strategic planning and special campaigns. She is a dedicated social justice advocate whose professional career has encompassed both international and domestic issues.

Ms. Carpentieri worked for 14 years within the international human rights movement as Deputy Executive Director for Development at Amnesty International USA and subsequently as Director of Development and Marketing at Human Rights First. Her tenure emphasized implementing new directions in fundraising, donor communications and marketing; special fundraising campaigns to build program capacity; and deploying new technologies for fundraising and constituency building.

More recently, Ms. Carpentieri has brought her experience to bear in the domestic social justice arena. Ms. Carpentieri was most recently Director of Development and Communications for University Settlement, The Door and Broome Street Academy, affiliated service and social justice organizations touching the lives of 40,000 New Yorkers each year. Additionally, she has served as Vice President for Development at The Partnership for the Homeless. A longtime believer in the importance of pairing grass-roots activism and high level advocacy with direct service to create enduring social and policy change, Ms. Carpentieri has also benefited from her prior work within the environmental movement, in which she held posts at the Environmental Defense Fund and the National Audubon Society.

Ms. Carpentieri holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Hofstra University. She lives on the north shore of Long Island, New York with her husband, Mark, who heads his own independent, American roots music record label, and their three children.