Audacious Foundation Executive Director Catherine Brozowski manages all foundation activity including relationship management, grantmaking, finance, and board relations.    

For the prior eight years, Catherine was Vice President of the Orfalea Foundation where she managed the foundation’s $75M education portfolio, and oversaw two Youth Development Initiatives: REACH and Montana Yellowstone Expedition (MYE).  She had management oversight of Operations, Finance and Human Resources, and contributed to the strategic planning process.  

Prior to that, she was Vice President of Programs at the Santa Barbara Foundation.  This work included leadership and overall direction for grantmaking, community convening activities, and oversight of special initiatives.  

Prior to her arrival in Santa Barbara, Catherine served as the Corporate Giving Manager for Washington Mutual, managing their philanthropy throughout the Southeast, including Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  For the Group Health Foundation, she designed a national demonstration initiative, “Managed Care and Community Health,” and conducted performance evaluation with the Foundation’s grantees.  Catherine began her career as a Conference Coordinator and Research Analyst for the National Network of Grantmakers, a network of progressive funders.  

She currently serves on the Boards of the Eleos Foundation, Community Environmental Council and Wilderness Youth Project’s REACH program.  

Catherine holds a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego.  She completed her Master’s of Public Administration (M.P.A.) with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington in 1997.

Catherine is an avid traveler, having visited over 55 countries.  She has eternal wanderlust, and looks forward to her next circumnavigation around the globe, the next time with her 3-year old toddler in tow.