Kathryn Straw, MBA

Job Title
Senior Director, Institutional Advancement

Kathryn Straw oversees development, membership, marketing, and communications in her role as Senior Director, Institutional Advancement. With more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising, she has worked with leading arts and cultural organizations including the Alley Theatre, Atlanta Botanical Garden, and the Alliance Theatre along with the University of Houston, a tier one research university. Kathryn has participated in multi-million-dollar campaigns raising funds for capital, endowment, deficit, crisis, and annual support, most recently raising more than $13 million dollars at the Alley Theatre in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Having spent much of her career focused on foundation, corporate, and public funding, she has successfully shepherded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Department of Education, in addition to state agencies in Texas and Georgia, and funding from countless private foundations and corporate sponsors. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Communication and Theatre and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Houston.