Cathy Collins

Consulting Advisor
(Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA)


University of Southern California
Bachelor of Arts, Communications, Journalism, and Related Programs

Cathy has more than 25 years of experience as a dedicated and effective leader for several non-profit institutions. 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 extensive experience as a non-profit leader and development professional brings unique depth and perspective to our work at Higher Talent. Cathy possesses an in depth knowledge and understanding of all aspects of nonprofit advancement including marketing and communications, annual giving, major gifts, grant writing, corporate and foundation relations and planned giving. Cathy’s broad understanding provides the ability to serve the varying needs of a wide range of organizations and to scale recruitment strategies accordingly.

Cathy served most recently as the Chief Development Officer for Mission Hospital Foundation in Orange County, CA. 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 joining Mission Hospital, Cathy served as Chief Executive Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County. Her legacy was transitioning the organization from tenuous solvency to a robust and responsive organization with a well-diversified funding stream and a 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.