Catherine brings extensive experience in environmental issues, community organizing, and urban resiliency to the Ceres President’s Council. Catherine is the Chair of Community Board 1, one of New York City's 59 community boards, covering most of the southernmost part of lower Manhattan below Canal Street. Through her involvement in CB 1 she has been an invaluable leader in the rebuilding of lower Manhattan after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and more recently, the destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

Catherine has provided over 25 years of service in lower Manhattan, serving on various boards and committees including the World Trade Center Scientific Technical Advisory Committee, Speaker Silver's School Overcrowding Taskforce, and the WTC Health Program Survivors Steering Committee. Catherine also worked for more than a decade at the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) on environmental health issues in NY. New York State Senator Daniel Squadron recognized Catherine with the Contemporary Woman of Distinction for Dedication to Redevelopment of Lower Manhattan and Community Concerns in 2010; she has also been recognized with the “Exceptional Service Awards” (May 2014) by the Alliance for Downtown New York and with a New York State Assembly and Senate Proclamation honoring 9/11 volunteers (May 2012).

Catherine holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Princeton University and a MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She and her family live in lower Manhattan.