Cat Ward leads JFF’s efforts to engage the private sector as a strategic force for good. Cat founded and manages JFF’s Corporate Action Platform and Advisory Services practice. She leads a team that advises companies on envisioning, developing, and implementing strategies that are good for multiple stakeholders—including workers, businesses, and communities. Cat has worked across the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Before joining JFF, she ran Taproot Foundation’s corporate advisory practice, leading a team that worked with prominent companies to create strategies that drive social impact and develop talent. Earlier in her career, she worked at the New York City Department of Small Business Services, where she led efforts to create jobs and help people advance. She started her career in New York City theater as a director, producer, and educator. Cat is a frequent speaker on strategic corporate talent management, corporate social impact strategies, and cross-sector partnership.
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