Kathryn O’Neal-Dunham is the CEO of Philanthropy New York, a trusted community of nearly 300 philanthropic organizations. PNY develops forward-thinking guidance, programming, and advocacy to address the unique challenges of philanthropy and convenes funders to strengthen ties across the sector. Kathryn previously served as the organization’s COO, shepherding PNY’s strategic planning and annual learning and evaluation processes, and developing the organization’s racial equity practices. Kathryn has a track record of building and nurturing talented teams and thinking strategically to ensure financial stability and organizational growth. She provided leadership in Philanthropy New York’s successful Fund for 2025 campaign and more recently championed the organization’s process to reimagine its values. In 2020, O’Neal-Dunham was responsible for strengthening key partnerships across the City and State’s nonprofit associations while navigating the maze of advocacy needs during the COVID crisis.
Before joining Philanthropy New York, she held leadership roles at United Way of New York City and the Macquarie Group Foundation. At UWNYC, she led a Task Force of academics, practitioners, and community leaders to design the organization’s community investment strategy around income stability. She built Macquarie’s philanthropic strategy and partnerships in the Americas and crafted the process to revise the Foundation’s strategic goals and objectives. Early in her career, Kathryn worked in community-based organizations, managing the fundraising and external affairs of Inwood House and the recruitment functions of a New York City-based mentoring program.
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 is a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the Children’s Village and was previously a Warden of the Church of the Epiphany in New York City. She and her husband live in Irvington with their two sons.