The Flinn Foundation, a private, nonprofit philanthropy based in Phoenix, has appointed longtime Arizona public-sector administrator Cathy McGonigle as executive vice president.
McGonigle joins the Foundation after nearly a decade as a senior administrator of the Arizona Board of Regents, which governs the state’s public university system. As deputy executive director since mid-2004, she helped to manage the staff and programs of the board, led strategic initiatives, participated in higher-education policy formulation, and oversaw public affairs, communications, and government affairs. Earlier, she served as ABOR’s associate executive director in charge of public affairs and government affairs, and as a human resources administrator.
“Cathy has earned an outstanding reputation as a highly skilled strategic planner, critical thinker, communicator, and leader,” said Jack Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation. “I developed great respect for Cathy’s talents during my years as a member of the Board of Regents. She will be a valuable asset to the Flinn Foundation.”
McGonigle will be integrally involved in all of the Foundation’s program areas, especially the biosciences, Flinn Scholars Program, and emerging initiatives. Previously, she served as human resources manager of the City of Chandler; assistant director of the Administrative Services Division of the Arizona Department of Revenue; and assistant director of the Human Resources Division and Management Services Division of the Arizona Department of Administration, where she spent 25 years. She began her term at the Flinn Foundation on January 4.
McGonigle is a summa cum laude graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in business administration.
The Flinn Foundation is a Phoenix-based, private, nonprofit philanthropic endowment. It was established by Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Flinn in 1965 with the mission of improving the quality of life in Arizona. The nonprofit philanthropy supports the advancement of Arizona’s bioscience sector, the Flinn Scholars Program, and the Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture.