Cathy Maciariello has over 25 years experience in the not-for-profit arts sector. A writer and consultant, she is currently principal of HieroResources LLC, which she founded in 2007. HieroResources is dedicated to fostering individual and institutional creativity and to assisting arts organizations develop creative responses to the challenges facing them.
With Partners in Performance, Catherine has worked on projects with Dance Heritage Coalition, New York State Council on the Arts, the Elisa Monte Dance Company, and SouthArts. She consults regularly with Theatre for a New Audience in New York on governance and board development, and she has worked on a range of projects—strategic planning, retreat facilitation, program assessment, and writing—for a diverse group of clients, including the League of American Orchestras, Florida State University, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the Heifetz International Music Institute, and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, among others.
From 1996 – 2007, Catherine served as program officer for the performing arts at the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation where she developed and managed the Foundation’s national grant programs in music, opera, theater and dance. During her tenure, she distributed nearly $170 million in grants, including $20 million in emergency funds to New York arts and cultural organizations in the months following September 11, 2001.
Prior to her work in philanthropy, Catherine served as president of Meet the Composer, a national organization that supports the creation and performance of new works by American composers and promotes interaction between composers and communities. She has been the executive director of three symphony orchestras and has written extensively on the challenges facing U.S. orchestras. Catherine edited Fearless Journeys: Innovation in Five American Orchestras for the League of American Orchestras, and her audio interviews with these orchestras can be found on the League’s website. Catherine holds degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana and from Washington University in St. Louis.