227 – Kate Curran: Founder of “School The World”

kateFor more than twenty years, Kate Curran has bridged the worlds of philanthropy, government and business. Most recently, she held a series of roles of increasing responsibility over ten years with the General Electric Company.

As Vice President, External Affairs for GE Money – Americas, she designed GE’s first large Community Reinvestment Act Program, overseeing more than $100,000,000 in community development investments and grants, and earning an “Outstanding” investment rating from federal bank regulators.

She also led government relations initiatives generating more than $10,000,000 in annual revenue and $30,000 in cost savings, and fostered strategic relationships with consumer activists and opinion leaders.Within General Electric, the financial services industry, and with consumer activists, Kate was recognized as a change agent for responsible business practices and thoughtful advocacy. She was recognized with the GE Money Summit Awards in 2001 and 2002 and the Legal Star Award in 2004.

Kate began her career in fund-raising. As Director of Annual Giving for the Boy Scouts of America, Greater New York Councils, she built bridges to the Retail & Fashion, Menswear, Wall Street and New York Society communities.

Her special events were featured in Womenswear Daily, DNR-Menswear Daily, the New York Times and Institutional Investor. During the 1990-1991 recession, she increased foundation and corporate revenues by 80%, special event revenues by 70%, annual Board giving by 50% and direct mail revenues by 85%.

Kate earned her B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and her J.D. summa cum laude, from Quinnipiac University. Immediately following law school, she clerked in the U.S. District Court with Hon. Ellen B. Burns and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with Hon. Thomas J. Meskill.

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