Catherine is Impact Measurement Senior Advisor at IMPACTO. She has a 20-year track record conducting action-oriented evaluations, helping funders and practitioners apply findings to enhance performance, and assuming leadership roles at mission-driven organizations. Her work has been published in professional journals and on government websites. She also is a frequent presenter at national conferences on evaluation, philanthropy, and innovation in impact investing and equitable measurement.
Catherine Dun Rappaport is Vice President of Learning and Impact Measurement at BlueHub Capital, a national nonprofit community development financial institution (CDFI) that has invested over $2 billion to help build healthy communities where low-income people live and work. Catherine is BlueHub’s in-house expert in practical and applied research; she develops tools and procedures for using impact measurement to inform BlueHub’s investment. Catherine is particularly focused on investments in communities where systemic racism results in disproportionately high poverty for residents who are Black, Indigenous, and/or People of Color. Catherine also is part of BlueHub’s senior leadership team. She leads and supports strategic planning, hiring, and engagements with impact investors. In addition, Catherine writes and presents extensively about BlueHub’s impact and about its impact measurement and management practices.
Catherine has spent her career catalyzing and supporting positive social change. Prior to BlueHub, Catherine 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. She was asked to serve as a senior strategic advisor to organizational leadership in recognition of this work. At Abt, Catherine led evaluation and technical assistance projects focused on economically disadvantaged families and low-wage workers. She helped clients utilize findings to enhance performance and to improve client outcomes. 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, a founding member of the Efficient Impact Frontiers Collaboration, 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.