Cathy Malloy, the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s new Chief Executive Officer, is a woman who has worn many hats: seasoned non-profit administrator, business and community leader and a passionate advocate of the arts. Born in Massachusetts, the youngest of six children, Cathy graduated from Boston College in 1977 and moved to Connecticut in 1983. She met her husband, Dannel, in college and the couple married in 1982. Cathy and Dan have three sons: Dannel, Ben and Sam.
Cathy worked in the restaurant and hospitality industry for more than 20 years, opening 11 restaurants for a national chain, owning and operating her own neighborhood eatery and running a successful gourmet catering business.
She caught the non-profit “bug” when she was hired as the Vice President of Development for the United Way of Greenwich and Stamford in 1996, and has remained steadfastly committed to the non-profit community ever since. For more than a decade, she served as the Executive Director of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education in Stamford, an organization that provides counseling and support for victims of sexual abuse. In her role, Cathy has been tireless in her pursuit of raising funds and caring for victims and their families; through her outreach efforts, she nearly doubled the number of male clients served by The Center, made education a critical component of the organization’s counseling services and raised awareness for vulnerable and under-served populations at risk for assault.
Cathy and her family have been life-long arts enthusiasts. She has spent the last few months as CEO of the Arts Council familiarizing herself with the rich cultural community of Greater Hartford; she balances time in the office with weekly visits to arts and heritage organizations, scheduling meetings with business and municipal leaders and attending cultural events across the region. Cathy is constantly amazed by the staggering number of world-class arts organizations in central Connecticut and makes it her personal mission to raise awareness about the rich, vibrant cultural community in and around Hartford.
Stay tuned for updates throughout the campaign as Cathy travels around Greater Hartford meeting with supporters, artists and community leaders.