Elizabeth Cheung-Gaffney, Senior Program Officer

Elizabeth is a Legal Counsel and Senior Program Officer at The Catalyst Foundation.  She has worked in the education space for the past 10 years, first as a litigator in the NYC Department of Education General Counsel’s office, and then for the NYU Law Program in Shanghai.  Her teaching experience includes being a law lecturer at Fudan University in Shanghai and Assistant Instructor at NYU Shanghai.  Elizabeth began her career as a litigator in private practice in New York and Washington D.C.  Elizabeth is fluent in Mandarin and sits on several international arbitration and mediation panels where she has mediated foreign-related disputes, specializing in disputes involving Chinese parties. She is a graduate of Columbia University and Notre Dame Law School.


Emily Ewell Daughtry, Senior Program Officer

Emily is a Senior Program Officer at The Catalyst Foundation.  She previously served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney, including two years as the Deputy Appellate Chief of the Civil Division, at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York in Manhattan.  Prior to that, she served for three years as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. State Department, and before that she worked for several years at a non-governmental organization focusing on nonproliferation education and research projects in Russia and Central Asia.  Most recently, she was an assistant instructor teaching U.S. constitutional law in the Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Scholars Program at New York University in Abu Dhabi.  Emily is a graduate of Middlebury College and UCLA Law School.


Catherine De Long, Chief Operations Officer

Cathy is Chief Operations Officer at The Catalyst Foundation. She spent 15 years with New York University, and was the Chief Financial Officer for its School of Law and NYU Abu Dhabi.  Prior to working for NYU, Cathy was the Controller for the Financial Insurance Group of CNA Insurance, and held various other positions in the insurance and banking industries.  She serves on the board of the Makindu Children’s Program, a not-for-profit in Eugene Oregon which supports programming for orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya, which Cathy helped to establish in 1998.  Cathy is a graduate of Marquette University, where she received a B.A. in Accounting, and of NYU’s Steinhardt School, where she received her M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.


Julia Welsh, Program Associate

Julia is a Program Associate at The Catalyst Foundation. Most recently, Julia was awarded a year-long fellowship to serve as a Global Academic Fellow at New York University in Abu Dhabi, where she worked within the departments of Political Science, Sociology, and Arab Crossroads Studies. Julia has also spent time living and studying in Istanbul, Turkey. She has previously held internships San Francisco-based non-profit Futures Without Violence, the Obama for America Re-Election Campaign, and Human Rights Watch, among others. In high school, Julia served as a Page in the United States Senate. Julia is a graduate of Middlebury College, where she received a B.A. in Political Science.