Caty Poulin is a two-time Kogod graduate who has worked as a consultant to governments, for-profit and nonprofit businesses across the United States and around the world. She believes strongly in the benefit of solid business strategies and management practices for nonprofits, and value business people can bring to -and receive from - the nonprofit sector as employees, advisors, board members, corporate partners, and donors.
As an international development consultant with Coopers & Lybrand and Development Alternatives, Inc., Ms. Poulin specialized in private sector development and microfinance. She was honored to participate in the launch of the Riga Stock Exchange in Latvia and the formation of the National Microfinance Bank in Tanzania. She also worked to assess the risk of a multi-country loan portfolio guarantee program for the US Agency for International Development, which encouraged participant banks and NGOs to develop lending programs for small and micro-entrepreneurs. She also trained lenders in this program to accurately assess risk of lending to individual small and microenterprise borrowers.
As an Application Architect at Cognos Corporation, Ms. Poulin worked with finance, accounting, and technical staff at medium and large corporations including pharmaceutical companies, public utilities, Federal government, associations, manufacturers, and more. Often the onsite Project Leader, she oversaw the design, build, test, refine, training, and go-live phases of financial planning software implementations on SQL and Oracle database platforms; linked planning and reporting modules to the General Ledger system; developed test scripts; troubleshot problems; and created user and administrator training programs and materials. At the corporate level, she helped to develop internal consulting procedures and training programs; trained new consultants; and tested pre-release software.
Ms. Poulin has a longtime relationship with Community of Hope where she has served as the Board Treasurer, the Board Chairman, and as a member of the Finance, Real Estate Development, Board Development, and Capital Campaign Advisory Committees. She has worked closely with leadership at Community of Hope to launch the Conway Health and Resource Center, acquire the Family Health and Birth Center, and be named the Winner of the Washington Post Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Management.