Kate Dewey

Kate Dewey

Dentons Cohen & Grigsby P.C.

Senior Advisor

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Kate is a Senior Advisor in the Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations practice. She has more than forty years of direct experience with a large variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at the local, state and national level. In 2017 she received dual recognitions for her dedication to the nonprofit sector. The Jefferson Awards established the Kate Dewey Community Service Award to continue in perpetuity. She also received the inaugural award from the Pittsburgh Business Times for her lifetime achievement as an Innovator. Kate is the 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award in Pittsburgh. She has had extensive board service experience. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Shirley Jordan Foundation. She is a 1990 graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh and the 1999 Recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award. Kate received her bachelor’s degree from Rider College and a master’s in social work from Rutgers University. She was certified in 1995 as a management trainer by the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, an international educational organization.

Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby in 2018, she was President of The Forbes Funds from 2013-2018. The organization is dedicated to building strong nonprofits individually and collectively through capacity building initiatives. Two noteworthy innovations are the introduction of the Executive-In-Residence which taps the knowledge and experience of newly retired nonprofit executives to coach their younger peers heading up organizations. The other program is UpPrize: BNY Mellon Social Innovation which has invested over $1.5 million in technology tools and products to improve nonprofit efficiency or the quality of life of vulnerable populations.

In 1990, she was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., which was the fifth oldest consulting practice in the United States providing strategic management and formulation services to community serving nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies. The firm was acquired by ParenteBeard LLC in 2011. Previously, she was Manager of Community Affairs for Mellon Bank Corporation. From 1985 until 1991, Kate served as the founding Executive Director of Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, an association dedicated to promoting effective philanthropy.

Before moving to Pittsburgh in 1982, Kate was a Principal in Semerad Associates of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in governmental affairs, planning, and development services for nonprofits, school-to-work policy formulation, and public/private ventures. She has held a variety of additional posts in both the public and private sectors, including serving as Executive Vice President of 70001 Ltd., President Ford’s signature initiative focused on strengthening school-to-work transition services for high-risk youth; Interstate Juvenile Probation and Parole Coordinator/Liaison to Juvenile Corrections and Mental Health for the State of New Jersey; and Director of Ambulatory and Residential Treatment Services for New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services.

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