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Cathy Zell

Vice President of Development
Senior Leadership


Cathy Zell is Vice President of Development of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charitable organization focused on engaging people in philanthropy to build a stronger community. She leads the Foundation’s development team to build the community’s endowment, along with identifying critical resources to the children affected by the Flint Water Crisis. Cathy comes to Flint from WKAR Public Broadcasting at Michigan State University where she served as Senior Director of Development. She has spent her entire career advancing the public good and raising money for a variety of causes.

Cathy has over two decades of nonprofit fundraising experience with health agencies including The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. As a member of the Community Foundation’s leadership team, Cathy provides leadership and strategic oversight to meet revenue needs. She has a proven record of identifying opportunities and initiating and implementing projects that have propelled organizations.

Her background includes extensive community leadership. Cathy is a member of Athena Win Executive Connections, past President for East Lansing Rotary Club, Zonta Club of East Lansing, and board member of Hospice of Lansing. Throughout her career Cathy has been lauded for her professional accomplishments. She was selected by the Jacksonville Business Journal as “one to watch” and “up and comer” in its 40 under 40 list; was named volunteer of the year by Community Health Charities: Florida Chapter; and volunteer of the year for Special Olympics, Charlotte, North Carolina. Cathy earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, a master’s of Kinesiology from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. She and her husband, Rick, live in Bath with their daughter, Miranda.