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Catherine Gill

Managing Director - Align Program

Contact

Office Location

440 Huntington Avenue
202A West Village H
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Catherine Gill, 202 WVH
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Biography

Catherine is the Managing Director for the Align Master’s Program at Northeastern University. Prior to assuming this role, Catherine was Executive Vice President at Root Capital, a social enterprise that provides financing and advisory services to rural businesses in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. In that position, she was responsible for fundraising, impact investing and communications. At Root Capital, Catherine also played a leadership role in developing the Women in Agriculture Initiative, which has invested in more than one hundred gender-inclusive businesses across the globe.

Before that, Catherine spent ten years in the community development financial institution (CDFI) industry, at the Nonprofit Finance Fund and at Seedco, financing and consulting to leading social change organizations.

Catherine holds a bilingual MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) in Barcelona, Spain, and a B.A. in ancient Greek from Wellesley College. She serves on the boards of The Partnership for Gender Equity and Criterion Institute.

Education

  • Bilingual MBA, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa (IESE) – Barcelona, Spain
  • BA in Ancient Greek, Wellesley College

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most about what you do?

I am the Managing Director of the Align Program at CCIS. Align’s mission is to make computer science degrees accessible to those traditionally underrepresented in computing, thereby opening up the talent pipeline for careers in technology.

I love working with a variety of stakeholders – students, faculty, company partners, and philanthropists.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the work that goes on at CCIS?

The most compelling thing to me is the deep inter-connectivity with the workplace and the commitment to diversity, inclusion and community.

Where did you grow up or spend your most defining years?

I grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts (suburb of Boston).

What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college?

I am passionate about the positive social change that can take place when people work across sectors- universities, private companies, nonprofit organizations, government – and break down the silos and barriers that can stand in the way of deep collaboration and breakthrough innovation.