< 2019 Forum Speakers

Kerry Alys Robinson

Kerry Alys Robinson is the founding executive director and global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by harnessing the managerial expertise and financial acumen of senior level lay executives.  

Kerry is a trustee of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and a member of FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).

She is the prize winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities first published by FADICA in 1998 and now in its 8th edition. She has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990.

Kerry served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a successful $75 million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center, designed by Cesar Pelli, on Yale’s campus.

She spent two years in London working for the Directory of Social Change, an organization dedicated to providing information and training for the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith and is a columnist for Chicago Catholic and has a blog on spirituality called Love in Ordinary Time.

Kerry received a B.A. degree from Georgetown University, and an M.A.R. degree from Yale Divinity School, concentrating in ethics. She is a recipient of honorary doctorates from Aquinas Institute of Theology in Missouri; Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire; Misericordia University in Pennsylvania; St Joseph University in Connecticut; and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in California. She was honored with the Sapientia et Doctrina Award from the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education at Fordham University; the Hearts of the Community Award from the Apostles of the Sacred Heart; and the Madonna Della Strada Award from the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. Kerry was named the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving Distinguished Visitor at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and delivered the Bishop Dunn Memorial Lecture at Durham University in the UK and the commencement address at Emory & Henry in Virginia. In 2015 the Catholic Press Association awarded her book, Imagining Abundance, a first place prize.

She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Medicine at Yale University, have two children, Christopher and Sophie.