Dr Catherine Brown OAM

CEO | Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation | Australia

Dr Catherine Brown OAM has been CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation since 2011. The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation work strategically on the big issues facing Greater Melbourne including affordable housing, climate change, economic inclusion, COVID/disaster response and collective giving. They support social enterprises working on these issues and are also impact investors. They fund innovation and capacity building. Catherine is a Board member of Impact Investing Australia (and previously on the Social Impact Investing Taskforce for PMC) and Chair of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. Catherine has worked as a lawyer, executive or advisor to many charitable and philanthropic organisations and first worked as an advisor to social enterprises at the MS Society and then at Wesley Mission. Catherine’s PhD is titled ‘Unlocking the innovation potential of philanthropic foundations’. Supporting social enterprise development is part of this story.