Catholic Charities President & CEO Cynthia N. Colbert Named One of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs

Catholic Charities CEO Cynthia N. Colbert

Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston President & CEO Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW was named one of Houston’s Most Admired CEOs by the Houston Business Journal.

The inaugural Most Admired CEO Awards Luncheon celebrates the achievements and success of Houston’s top business leaders in for-profit and non-profit sectors.

Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW has been the President/CEO of Catholic Charities since 2012. She has created new partnerships across the region to help impoverished individuals build better lives, including launching the kNOw Poverty Summit in 2015 to bring together people from cross-segments of the community to help those in need.

Colbert led Catholic Charities’ recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 that helped more than 19,000 individuals across 246 zip codes in the first year after the storm. Under her leadership, Catholic Charities expanded its Disaster Recovery Services program, which now has offices in ten locations throughout the Greater Houston region, to continue providing long-term disaster recovery case management services.

In 2017 Colbert was named to the 2017 Class of Women on the Move by Texas Executive Women, and the Houston Business Journal recognized her on the Women Who Mean Business list for the second consecutive year. In 2016 Colbert was named the Hispanic Female Executive of the Year by the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; a finalist for the Houston Business Journal’s 2016 C-Suite Awards in the Best Nonprofit CEO category, and HBJ’s Women Who Mean Business Awards; and Leadera Consulting Group named Colbert September 2016’s Outstanding Woman in Business.

Colbert earned her bachelor’s degree from The California State University in Sacramento and her master’s in social work from UC Berkeley.

Colbert is active as a board member of the Latin Women’s Initiative, a Senior Fellow of American Leadership Forum (Class XXXVI) and Vice Chair for the Network of Behavioral Health Providers. She is also a committee member for the Early Matters Initiative.

The Houston’s 2018 Most Admired CEO Awards luncheon will recognizes honorees on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at the Hilton Americas Hotel – Houston. Further details about the award and events can be found on the Houston Business Journal website.


About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
For 75 years, Catholic Charities – guided by God’s love – has provided food, clothing, shelter and a network of support services to people of all ages and from all walks of life and religious backgrounds. As one of the largest charities in Houston, we also promote social justice, serving as a voice for the poor and vulnerable. Annually, we provide help and create hope for more than 85,000 people as they create better lives for themselves and their families. > Learn more about Catholic Charities’ programs and services.