Catherine Dun Rappaport is a Vice President of Impact Advisory at Social Finance. Her work is focused on helping government agencies, philanthropic partners, and impact investors deliver programming and deploy capital in ways that support economic and racial justice.
Catherine has 20 years of experience leading research and learning functions at mission-driven organizations; developing and implementing innovative and practical measurement strategies for impact investors, for service practitioners, and for government and philanthropic clients; and directing action-oriented research.
Prior to joining Social Finance, Catherine was Senior Vice President of Learning and Impact Management at BlueHub Capital, a national community development financial institution (CDFI). There, she spearheaded the development of the Impact Measurement and Management (IMM) function, and she led efforts to assess and increase the impact of BlueHub’s investments. She also created tools that evaluated investments’ potential to support racial equity, and she led field-building efforts to help other socially responsible investors develop effective IMM strategies.
Catherine also served as the Vice President of Learning and Analytics at the United Way of Mass Bay and as a senior research consultant at Abt Associates. Catherine overhauled United Way’s systems for determining how to allocate funding to nonprofit organizations. Her efforts simplified the process, rewarded performance, and increased transparency and equity. At Abt, Catherine led evaluation and technical assistance projects focused on economically disadvantaged families and low-wage workers. Catherine also has five years of direct experience working in community-based organizations that support low-income children. As a young professional, she founded and ran a local chapter of Read to a Child.
Catherine is a senior advisor to the Greater Boston Evaluation Network and to Impact Frontiers, a member of Social Value-US, and an ambassador for Leap of Reason. She graduated with honors from Amherst College and received a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
Social Finance is at the nexus of what I am most passionate about professionally. It’s a trailblazer in applied research and impact investment and has profound integrity in both.