Catherine M. Pino is Co-Founder & Principal of D&P Creative Strategies a company they founded in 2004. Along with partner Ingrid, Catherine's aim is to advance corporate, philanthropic and legislative efforts that mirror her deep commitment to social justice and civil rights issues.
Catherine has two decades of experience working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, where she has developed an expertise for designing and evaluating programs that target underserved populations. She advises nonprofit leaders on capacity building and effective program implementation, and has worked closely with Fortune 100 companies and private foundations to advance social service initiatives. She is highly sought after for her knowledge and insights on strategic philanthropy.
She served as the Deputy Director of Urban School Reform for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. There she managed a $60 million high school reform initiative, a multi-million dollar portfolio, and a $25 million Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant.
Her desire to help the disadvantaged took root at an early age, and was fostered through numerous volunteer activities in her hometown of Albuquerque. After college, she worked in the Capitol Hill office of New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman, where she learned first hand how public policy and legislation intersect with nonprofit efforts.
Her burgeoning interest in public policy led her to the National Council of La Raza, the nation's oldest Hispanic civil rights organization. There she worked as a liaison to the organization's board and corporate advisors, cultivating valuable, long-lasting professional relationships.
At the Washington, DC-based Independent Sector, she represented nonprofit interests on a broad range of issues on Capitol Hill and was the liaison to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She co-created Independent Sector's Future Leadership Initiative, which focused on efforts to attract, retain and develop young leaders in the non-profit sector. Her entrée into the foundation world began soon after at the DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, where she managed a $48 million youth development and education portfolio.
She served as a board member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) and is currently serving as a board Member of the ARCUS Foundation, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and the National Council of La Raza (NCLR). Catherine was the first Latina co-chair and board member of the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City. She served on the Victory Campaign Fund Board and is on the Nielsen Hispanic/Latino Advisory Council.
Catherine has spoken broadly on issues of philanthropy, youth, school reform and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights. She has been widely recognized for her professional and civic accomplishments, having received both the New York State Special Civil Rights Award and the Robert F. Wagner Public Service Award. In 2004, she was named by Hispanic Magazine as a Latina of Excellence.
She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice from the University of New Mexico, and holds a Master's in Public Policy and Administration from New York University. Catherine is a graduate of the executive program at Harvard's JFK school of government, corporate governance program of Harvard business school, the center for creative leadership and is a 2006 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Program.
Together, Ingrid and Catherine founded PODER PAC a political action committee by Latinas for Latinas. PODER PAC is a national effort to increase the number of Latinas elected at all levels of government. In 2010, they created two production companies, Brown Beauty Productions and Milagro Productions, and work on film projects near and dear to their hearts.
Ingrid & Catherine also have two production companies, Brown Beauty Productions and Milagro Productions. Through these two production companies they have been able to impact social change through film. They are Executive Producers on the film The Latino List which will air on HBO in September of 2011. The film explores what it means to be Latino in the United States. The twenty-five individuals featured represent Latinos who have contributed to the fabric of America and feel a real sense of patriotism to the country that enabled them to fulfill their dreams. They were also Associate Producers on the award winning film The Harvest/La Cosecha together with Executive Producer, Eva Longoria they raised funding and crafted a political strategy for the film that included a panel and screening of the trailer at the US Department of Labor with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard, author of The Care Act legislation in Congress in 2009. Additionally, the strategy included: a briefing and screening of the trailer in Congress in 2010 and a press conference to re-introduce the Care Act in 2011 and to highlight the film which reinforces the need for legislation to protect child migrant farmworkers in the US and a screening of the film in the Capitol Visitors Center.