Distinguished Alumna 2016
Catherine Easby-Smith Albornoz ’98 loves Cornelia Connelly’s prayer, “Teach me O Lord, a love full of action” and strives to live this out through a commitment to service and social justice.
Catherine is a nonprofit consultant, and currently serves two organizations, the Archdiocese of Washington and the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. She is CRS Rice Bowl Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Washington, where she manages all aspects of this Lenten global solidarity program. In the five years that she has coordinated the program, the number of parishes and schools participating in the program has grown annually and total contributions have grown by over 400 percent. Catherine also is a consultant to the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, working on marketing, communications, and fundraising for this Jesuit organization which matches experienced volunteers, most age 50 and older, with nonprofit organizations serving those struggling with poverty in 17 regions of the country.
In the past, Catherine worked as Coordinator of the Langley Park Parish Partnership, a collaboration among Our Lady of Mercy, St. Elizabeth, St. Camillus and the Catholic Community of Langley Park. She also worked for 3 years as Social Justice and Community Services Coordinator for St. Matthew’s Cathedral, where she ran a Homeless Ministry Program, founded a multi-level English as a Second Language program, and coordinated community service opportunities for parishioners.
She is an active member of the Christ Child Society, having served on the Board of Directors and having co-founded the Posey Guild with her sister Grace Weisser, which has many Holy Child alumnae as members.
She received a BA from the University of Virginia in Spanish and Foreign Affairs and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Maryland. She completed the Leadership Institute for Applied Catholic Social Teaching at the Washington Theological Union.
Catherine lives in Kensington, MD with her husband Gabe and their three young children, Alicia, Paul, and Mateo.