As Chief Operating Officer at Philanthropy New York, Kathryn O’Neal-Dunham serves as an integral member of the senior management team. She crafts, directs, and implements the overall strategic work of Philanthropy New York, and was most recently responsible for the organization’s successful Fund for 2025 campaign, which resulted in the move of PNY’s offices and build-out of PNY’s new Center for Philanthropy in Times Square. She oversees the organization’s administration, finance, and facilities; guides the work of the organization’s Membership and Learning Services departments; and is responsible for the smooth running of the organization’s day-to-day activities.
Prior to arriving at Philanthropy New York, Kathryn was the Director of the Americas for the Macquarie Group Foundation, where she built innovative employee engagement programs involving hundreds of volunteers throughout the United States and long-term partnerships with local nonprofits across the U.S. She also built a robust pro-bono program to improve nonprofit capacity in human resources, technology, fundraising, and project management. In addition, she worked closely with the Taproot Foundation to pilot a unique financial diagnostic pro-bono program that widely leveraged the skills of Macquarie employees. Internally, Kathryn worked with the Foundation staff and board to re-define the Foundation’s objectives and develop a three-year strategic plan.
Prior to Macquarie, Kathryn worked at the United Way of New York City, where she first served as Director of the Targeted Impact Fund, and later as the Vice President of Community Investment. Before United Way, she spent six years managing the fundraising and external affairs of Inwood House, an organization that provides sexuality education and maternal health care for New York City teens. Kathryn has a B.A. in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University and received her Master’s degree in Public Administration and Health Policy from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Affairs at NYU. She has volunteered with the Carter Burden Center for the Aging, the Central Park Conservancy, The Financial Clinic, and the Growth Philanthropy Network; and served as the Vice Chair of Inwood House, where she chaired the Development and Nominations Committees. She and her husband, Gib, live in Irvington, New York, with her two sons.