Catherine B. Reynolds

Catherine B. Reynolds
Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation

  • Catherine Reynolds is the founder of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to supporting programs in the cultural and performing arts, the sciences, academics and public policy.
  • Reynolds started her business career as a CPA at Arthur Young, and became the Assistant to the Board Chairman of the Charter Company in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.
  • She developed a privately-funded supplement to government student loan programs as an affordable way for Americans to finance higher education costs, spawning a multibillion-dollar industry.

Reynolds philanthropic affiliations include as Trustee of New York University, Vanderbilt University, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Dance Theater of Harlem, D.C. College Access Program, National Geographic International Advisory Council, Inova Fairfax Hospital, and the American Academy of Achievement. She also funds the MIT YouPitch Entrepreneurship Competition.

Reynolds was selected by Business Week as one of the 50 most philanthropic living Americans, and was the first woman to make their list. She has received honorary degrees from Georgetown University, Morehouse College and Willamette University, as well as New York University’s Gold Medal. She is also the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the National Italian-American Foundation's Achievement Award in Education and Cultural Affairs.