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.
Sally Benner, Development Officer
Sally is the Development Officer at The Catalyst Foundation for Universal Education. She has worked in development and strategic communications roles in higher education and nonprofits including NYU Law School, the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University, Northwestern University, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (NYC). She is an associate instructor of strategic communications in the School of Professional Studies at Columbia University. She holds degrees from Fordham University, New York University and Columbia University.
Laura Mowry, Program associate
Laura is a Program Associate at The Catalyst Foundation. She previously provided organizational support for all LLM career educational programming and career recruiting, including the International Student Interview Program, at NYU Law. Prior to her time at NYU Law, she taught English at primary schools through the JET Program as well as English conversational skills to adults. Laura received her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner, and she received her BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan.
Annalisa Galgano, Program Intern
Annalisa is a Program Intern at the Catalyst Foundation. She is also a graduate student at Columbia University, where she is pursuing a Master of Public Administration in Urban and Social Policy. Prior to this year, Annalisa lived in Athens as a Fulbright Research Fellow, conducting research on the refugee solidarity movement. While there, she also participated in refugee community projects and volunteered as an English teacher. Annalisa is a graduate of New York University Abu Dhabi, where she received a B.A. in Social Research and Public Policy in 2017. As an undergraduate, Annalisa founded a student refugee awareness initiative and conducted her capstone research on refugee integration in Athens, Greece.