April 7, 2017

New Board Members Appointed to Catholic Charities Board of Directors

San Francisco, CA – Catholic Charities is pleased to announce that Paula H. Bennett, Kathy Grogan, Jay Paul Leupp and Lori Mirek have been appointed to the agency’s Board of Directors. The four new members have extensive executive experience from a variety of private and non-profit sector backgrounds.

Paula H Bennett

Paula Bennett is a fourth generation San Franciscan, attorney and entrepreneur who has been actively involved in Catholic schools and charities throughout her adult life.   Paula has practiced law for over 30 years in public and private law firms, including her own law firm which she founded in the 1990’s.  Her practice focused on civil rights and employment lawsuits.  In the last decade, Paula has also successfully founded and operated GRAIL, a San Francisco based company that provides advertising, marketing and consulting services to Northern California professionals, artisans, entrepreneurs and charitable and philanthropic organizations.   Paula and her husband Jim are the parents of 4 sons.  

Kathleen A Grogan, CPA

Kathy Grogan, CPA is an audit and advisory partner at Hood & Strong LLP, one of Northern California’s most respected public accounting firms that provides audit, business advisory, and tax services to nonprofit organizations, individuals and privately held businesses throughout the United States. Kathy oversees the Firm’s Not-For-Profit Industry Group and her practice is focused on education and social service entities. She serves on the boards of Archbishop Riordan High School, Archdiocese of San Francisco Capital Assets Support Corporation and the San Francisco Youth Gaelic Athletic Association.

Jay Paul  Leupp

Jay Leupp is Portfolio Manager/Analyst and leader of Lazard’s Global Real Estate Securities team. He began working in the investment field in 1989. Prior to joining Lazard in 2011, Jay was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Grubb & Ellis Alesco Global Advisors and served as the Senior Portfolio Manager for its mutual funds. Jay founded Alesco in 2006 and had been its President and Chief Executive Officer since its inception. Prior to founding Alesco, Jay served as Managing Director of Real Estate Equity Research at RBC Capital Markets, an investment-banking group of the Royal Bank of Canada, where he oversaw a five-person equity research team. Prior to joining RBC, Jay served as Managing Director of Real Estate Equity Research at Robertson Stephens & Co. Inc., an investment-banking firm where he founded the Real Estate Equity Research group in 1994. From 1991 to 1994, Jay was a vice president of the Staubach Company, specializing in the leasing, acquisition and financing of commercial real estate. From 1989 to 1991, he was a development manager with Trammell Crow Residential, the nation’s largest developer of multifamily housing. Jay holds an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University. Jay serves on the Board of Directors of G.W. Williams Company and United American Bank of San Mateo, CA. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Chaminade College Preparatory (Los Angeles) and is a Policy Board Member of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the University of California, Berkeley. Jay is Past Chair (2007-2009) and Regent Emeritus of the Santa Clara University Board of Regents. 

Lori Mirek

Lori Mirek, is the chairperson of the St. Raymond Church Pastoral Council and also currently serves as a Trustee of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology where she is on the Advancement Committee, as a Trustee of the Harvard Business School Association’s Northern California chapter where she is on the Nominating Committee, and as a Trustee of the World Affairs Council where she is on the Marketing Committee.   She has previously served on the board of directors of the United Nations Association for the United States of America, Cantabile Youth Singers, and TechNet among others.  A longtime technology executive, Lori Mirek founded Currenex, Inc., and served as its CEO positioning the firm as a pioneering independent facilitator of online multi-bank money markets and foreign currency exchange transactions.  She was a Senior Vice President for America Online/Netscape guiding their strategic efforts in the business-to-business eCommerce sphere, President at Ameritech’s Health Connections, and ran Oracle’s Americas Marketing among other high tech positions.

Catholic Charities programs and services help the most vulnerable families in San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo Counties, by preventing homelessness, providing permanent housing and health stabilization, providing counseling, helping seniors age with dignity, giving children and youth the chance to have healthy futures, and welcoming newcomers with respect and dignity.

For more information about Catholic Charities, please visit www.CatholicCharitiessf.org

About Catholic Charities
Founded in 1907 and rooted in our faith traditions of charity and justice, Catholic Charities is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and reducing poverty in the three counties of the Archdiocese of San Francisco (San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo). Catholic Charities serves and advocates for the poor, the sick, the distressed, children, youth, families, immigrants and seniors, regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other basis covered by local law.


For more information on Catholic Charities, visit CatholicCharitiesSF.org.