Heather Reynolds is the President and CEO at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW). She oversees the strategic direction for the Fort Worth based, $30 million non-profit. With nearly 400 employees and four locations throughout the 28-county diocese, CCFW serves tens of thousands each year through its diverse services, poverty solutions, and income-generating social enterprises.
Reynolds has extensive experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and social enterprise. She’s an expert speaker on poverty – both the modern issues and the new solutions – as well as non-profit strategy. She has presented nationally on industry topics, with a focus on moving non-profits forward.
Under her leadership, CCFW has embodied Catholic teaching and continually takes action to answer the needs of the poorest and vulnerable among us. Reynolds is self-labeled as crazy, always pushing staff to innovate, create, and change more. She challenges employees to end poverty in the North Texas community. And as a woman who never stops seeking fresh solutions, Reynolds has partnered with Catholic Charities USA and the Lab for Economic Opportunities research team at the University of Notre Dame to launch a new project, the Padua Pilot. Padua is a bold research initiative aimed at demystifying assumptions about poverty and rigorously evaluating the effectiveness of poverty-ending practices.