Leadership Transition at Greater Hartford Arts Council

September 1, 2020

Hartford, CT (September 1, 2020) – The Greater Hartford Arts Council today announced that CEO, Cathy Malloy, is wrapping up her tenure after nine years leading the organization. Mrs. Malloy has agreed to remain with the Arts Council in the near-term to support the interim leadership team as part of the Board of Directors’ leadership transition plan.

“It’s been an honor to serve the arts and culture community of Greater Hartford with a wonderful team of talented professionals and a dedicated Board of Directors,” Mrs. Malloy said. “This has been a long-planned departure, but I know the Arts Council is strong and we have the right Board and core team to continue the promise of our work to improve lives and transform communities.”

Under her leadership, Mrs. Malloy and her team succeeded in strengthening the financial health of the Arts Council, as well as fully executing two strategic plans. The two plans addressed board leadership and structure, the grants process as well as initiating a model for sustainability which included a highly successful fee for service initiative. The Arts Council also saw increased partnerships with the city of Hartford and with the support of Mayor Bronin and UTC/Raytheon is responsible for the signature Summer in the City program and Make Music Hartford. They also launched successful innovative programs, some of which include: The Arts+Wellness Grants, which fund arts programs that address physical and mental health needs; The Art Center Catalyst program to build the capacity of arts centers throughout our region; and Arts Innovation Day to provide critical professional learning opportunities for our region’s arts professionals. Most recently during the COVID crisis the Arts Council has taken the lead in supporting both individual artists and arts and culture organizations by leading a weekly Art and Culture call, sitting on the Mayor’s recovery task force, creating its own COVID relief fund and connecting organizations and individual artists to the various programs that are available and most recently partnering with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and the City of Hartford to insure the Arts and Culture community has access to PPE to successfully open and protect staff, participants and constituents.

“The Greater Hartford Arts Council owes a debt of gratitude to Cathy for her unwavering dedication to the Arts Council and for her steady leadership throughout her time as CEO,” said Paul Guzzardi, President of the Arts Council’s Board of Directors and Audit Director at Deloitte. “Cathy’s leadership, intellect, energy and dedication will be missed, but she is leaving our community with a stronger organization poised for even greater success in the future.”

In terms of what is next in her fulltime career, Mrs. Malloy said that she plans to continue in executive leadership roles, after overseeing the successful growth of The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling where she was CEO for over a decade before coming to the Arts Council, in addition to other executive positions across her 30-year career. Mrs. Malloy also served as First Lady of Connecticut for eight years during the two terms of her husband, former Governor Dannel P. Malloy, who is now Chancellor of the University of Maine System. As First Lady, Mrs. Malloy engaged in numerous public policy initiatives such as broad-based criminal justice reform.

Moving forward, Kate McOmber will serve as the Arts Council’s Interim CEO as the Board of Directors plans to launch a national search for a permanent CEO. Ms. McOmber has served as the Vice President, Communications and Donor Relations since 2018 and was previously Director of Communications and Donor Relations since joining the Arts Council in 2014. Roxane Sanders has also been promoted to Director of Development at the organization. Ms. Sanders joined the Arts Council in 2018 as Workplace Campaign Manager and was promoted to Director of Workplace Giving in early 2019.

2018 and earlier

Hartford Courant (June 7) – Art on the Streets video feature


Hartford Courant (March 15) – ART of Health Grant Program

Hartford Courant (June 21) – Make Music Hartford recap

Hartford Courant (September 11) – Community Arts Day photospread


Hartford Courant (March 31) – Hartford arts organization COVID-19 survey

Connecticut Mirror (April 2) – Cathy Malloy on state’s cultural economy

Hartford Courant (May 28) – Make Music Hartford goes virtual

Hartford Courant (September 3) – HSO violinist fundraises through GHAC for artist relief fund