Kate R. Dewey

Senior Advisor
  • MSW, Rutgers University
  • B.S., Rider University

Kate is a Senior Advisor in the Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Organizations practice. She has more than forty years of direct experience with a variety of nonprofit organizations, foundations, public agencies and corporations at local, state and national levels. Prior to joining Cohen & Grigsby, Kate was President of The Forbes Funds (TFF) from 2013 to 2017.

Kate’s vast array of unique experiences relating to nonprofit organizations begins with her most recent position as the President of The Forbes Funds (TFF), where she assumed the Presidency in January 2013 and served until December 2017. Prior to joining The Forbes Funds, Kate was the founding partner of Dewey & Kaye, Inc., which merged with McCrory & McDowell LLC in July 2004 and was subsequently acquired by ParentBeard LLC in 2011. Dewey & Kaye was the fifth oldest consulting practice in the United States, dedicated to serving nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies.

Previously, Kate was Manager of Community Affairs for Mellon Bank Corporation. From 1985 until 1991, she 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 partner in Semerad Associates of Washington, D.C., a consulting firm specializing in governmental affairs, planning and development services for nonprofits, workforce policy formulation and public/private ventures.

She has also held a variety of additional posts in the public and private sectors, including serving as Executive Vice President of 7001 Ltd., President Ford’s signature initiative which 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 the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. Under her leadership, the first group home for incarcerated mothers and their infants was opened in New Jersey in partnership with Clinton Correctional Facility.

Kate currently serves as the Independent Trustee for the Shirley Jordan Foundation. She has served on numerous boards, including Leadership Pittsburgh, and Mentoring Partnership. Previously she has served on the boards of Sewickley Valley Hospital, Coro National, the Pennsylvania Nonprofit Leadership Committee, Human Services Center, Society for the Arts in Craft, and the Allegheny County Children and Youth Services Advisory Committee.

Kate was the recent recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times Lifelong Achievement Award in Innovation, Servant Leader Award from the Pittsburgh Project, and the Jefferson Awards Foundation created an award in her name for her lifelong achievement in public service.

Under Kate’s leadership, The Forbes Funds was recognized in 2015 by The Independent Sector American Express Fellows as the leading example of organizations driving community innovation. Kate was the 2014 finalist for the Chase Manhattan Bank Smart Business Award; 2008 winner of the ATHENA Award in Pittsburgh, which is recognized internationally as the premier honor for excellence in leadership among business, professional and community leaders; and the 1999 Recipient of the Greater Pittsburgh YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award.

Kate received her Bachelor’s degree from Rider University and Master’s degree in Social Work Administration from Rutgers University. She was certified in 1995 as a management trainer by the Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute, an international educational organization affiliated with Yale University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh.