Meet Cathy Bollinger
Cathy is available to speak locally, regionally and nationally on a variety of topics including:
Cathy is honored to carry on the legacy of Anna Gardner, who over 100 years ago gifted her estate to be used to care for older single women in York County and has now evolved into York County Community Foundation’s long-term Embracing Aging initiative.
With over 30 years’ experience as a strategic thinker, facilitator, and innovative problem-solver in both for-profit and nonprofit settings, Cathy works with community stakeholders to improve how people experience aging in York County. She develops strategies and leads Embracing Aging grantmaking to disrupt negative views on aging, increase the understanding and caring about the needs of older adults, enhance quality of life for older people, increase age-friendly public policies and physical environments, and help older people plan for how they want to age in community.
Passionate about creating a York County that is inclusive and respectful of all generations, Cathy has presented at national aging conferences and webinars, appeared on regional radio and television shows, and contributed articles to regional and local publications. At the invitation of Chairman Collins and Ranking Member Casey, she was one of four witnesses selected to present testimony at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing – Aging with Community: Building Connections that Last a Lifetime in May 2017. Embracing Aging was one of six communities chosen to participate in the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging’s (n4a) Livable Communities Collaborative in fall 2013 through fall 2014, and was featured in n4a’s national report, Making Your Community Work For All Ages: What’s Working, released in May 2015.
Cathy has specialized training in human centered design, facilitative leadership for social change, strategic planning, project and performance management, diversity education, and re-engineering business processes across the entire supply chain. She’s also had various leadership roles and engagement within the non-profit community.
Managing Director of Embracing Aging
York County Community Foundation