Cynthia Colbert

An expert on poverty and innovative ways to address it, Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, took the helm of Catholic Charities in 2012 and since then created new partnerships across the region to help impoverished individuals build better lives. With more than 20 years in the not for profit sector, she is an experienced leader in nonprofit management.

Colbert led Catholic Charities' recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 that helped more than 19,000 individuals across 246 zip codes in the first year after the storm. As a result of her leadership and vision, Catholic Charities established its Disaster Recovery Program to provide long-term disaster recovery case management services.

Colbert’s previous CEO positions included Executive Director of Catholic Charities in Austin, Texas, and in Wichita, Kansas. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The California State University in Sacramento and her master’s in social work from UC Berkeley.

Recent accolades for her work include the Houston Business Journal and Houston Woman Magazine. HBJ named her in 2018 to its inaugural list of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs. Previously, HBJ recognized her for two consecutive years on its Women Who Mean Business list. Houston Woman Magazine named Cynthia as one of Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of 2018.

In 2017, she was named as a Woman on the Move by Texas Executive Women. In 2016, she was named the Hispanic Female Executive of the Year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Leadera Consulting Group’s Outstanding Woman in Business. That same year, Colbert spoke before a United Nations panel in New York about educating refugee women, and she has presented numerous times at the regional and national level.