Catherine Bell is a facilitator, trainer, and coach who has spent the last two decades working collaboratively with people to unleash their power as change-makers. You can learn more about her practice at CatherineBellConsulting.org.
Catherine began her career as a grassroots community organizer, working to build people power and develop volunteer leadership for issues ranging from youth empowerment to domestic workers’ rights.
She brought this experience to her role as Director of the Jewish Organizing Fellowship at JOIN for Justice, where, for six years, she facilitated multi-day retreats, provided individualized coaching for over 75 fellows, and led trainings on community organizing for organizations throughout the US.
Catherine then moved to Keshet, a national LGBTQ education organization, where she designed and led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion trainings focused on cultural competency and institutional change. As Keshet’s Chief Program Officer, Catherine oversaw the organization’s largest department and led Keshet’s internal culture-building efforts, including facilitation of staff meetings and all-staff retreats.
After seven years at Keshet, Catherine joined forces with Hazon (the largest faith-based environmental organization in the US) to inaugurate its National Programs Department as the organization shifted to a focus on climate change.
As a facilitator, trainer, and coach, Catherine draws on skills she learned through her own training and experience in dialogue facilitation, theater of the oppressed, facilitation for racial justice, grassroots organizing, and a variety of in-depth leadership development programs. Catherine is the founder of Dot Shabbat, a local monthly Shabbat meet-up, and is a founding member of Dorchester Climate Justice. She is currently a Schusterman Fellow, and is pursuing certification in coaching.
Catherine has an MA in Sociology of Education from NYU and graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College with a BA in English. She lives in Dorchester, a neighborhood of Boston, with her spouse and two high-energy children.