Alumni Spotlight: Gerard F. Cattie Jr., MGA '99

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Gerard Cattie, MGA ‘99, is currently a Managing Partner for Nonprofit, Higher-Ed, and Arts & Culture at Diversified Search. Fels student Meghan Pierce, MPA ’18, sat down with Gerard to discuss Diversified Search, his career, and Fels.

Please describe the mission and work of Diversified Search.  

Diversified Search is one of the country’s top ten executive and leadership recruitment firms in the United States.  We serve a wide variety of for profit and nonprofit organizations around the globe.

What is your role at Diversified Search, and how you became interested in this work?

I am a managing partner in Diversified’s Nonprofit, Higher-Ed, and Arts & Culture practice. I also serve as the Practice Head for our Philanthropy division, the firm’s largest functional practice.  We consult with charities across the world on appointing transformational leadership related to fundraising and advancement.  Today’s nonprofits are more reliant than ever on contributed revenue, and we are leaders in helping organizations appoint experienced talent in order to increase philanthropic contributions.  I became interested in this work while serving as a professional fundraiser at the University of Pennsylvania, both in central Development and Alumni Relations as well as at the Wharton School. 

How has Fels helped you in your career? 

Fels provided me with a strong grounding in nonprofit and public sector management which has deeply influenced the work I do within a broad range of public sector entities.  My ability to understand the multitude of functions that comprise these organizations allows me to consult in an informed manner on issues related to fundraising and philanthropy. 

What was your favorite Fels course and why? 

I have great memories of a writing/public speaking class that challenged me at the time to develop messaging that can be palatable to a broad audience.  Today, I spend much of my time doing presentations to organizations on how they can maximize contributed revenue through strategic organizational design.  I often refer to the tools learned in this course.

What advice do you have for incoming students? 

Approach your career with an open mind.  Fels will prepare you for a career in a variety of environments, not necessarily confined to the public sector and/or government.  Today, I lead a practice that serves those sectors and I am more credible having learned the nuances of public management at Fels. I feel that the quality of education and expanse of subject matter I learned at Fels has been incredibly valuable to me in my career. 

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