Director of Partnerships - Northeast
catalina.spinel@candid.org

Catalina (she/hers) is responsible for elevating and expanding Candid’s reach across the northeast region by building partnerships and strategies that strengthen the social sector through comprehensive data, training, and insights on philanthropy. 

Catalina has dedicated her career to creating innovative solutions to social challenges alongside diverse groups of stakeholders. Previously she was Program Manager of Candid’s New York Learning Center. There she connected social sector professionals to the resources they need to thrive. Before joining Candid, she supported the expansion of the District-Charter Collaborative, a program of the New York City Department of Education that facilitates collaboration to improve instructional practices, student outcomes, and eliminate disparities along racial lines. She also led the creation of the United Nations Victims of Terrorism Support Portal, a global resource hub for information on issues pertaining to victims of terrorism. Catalina has consulted for various organizations on their fundraising strategy, including UN Women. 

Since 2014, she has volunteered as a mentor for iMentor. Catalina holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Business bachelor from Universidad de los Andes. She practices Kung Fu and loves riding her bike.