Greater Houston Non-Profit Leaders Meet to Innovate and Collaborate to Alleviate Poverty in Houston

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will host its third-annual kNOw Poverty Summit Jan. 26 during Poverty Awareness Month, featuring the leader of Catholic Charities USA as the keynote.

Sister Donna Markham, OP, Ph.D. – Catholic Charities USA’s first female president and CEO – is a strong advocate for the poor, and has advocated for the need for collaboration to effectively alleviate poverty in past interviews with the Wall Street Journal and CNN.

The annual kNOw Poverty Summit was created by Catholic Charities to encourage influential leaders across Houston to work together to end poverty.

“We are thrilled to have the participation of so many effective Houston change leaders at the upcoming summit,” said Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, president and CEO of Catholic Charities.

“We are focusing on ways to innovate and collaborate to alleviate poverty. Pope Francis said, ‘In imitation of our Master, we Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.’ With the efforts of all those involved in this year’s summit, I know we can make a difference in the lives of Houston’s poor.”

Other presenters include Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Cynthia N. Colbert, MSW, president and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston; Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston; Cynthia Cisneros, vice president of community affairs for ABC 13; Brian Greene, president and CEO of Houston Food Bank; and Dr. Robert Sanborn, president and CEO of Children at Risk.

The event is generously underwritten by CHI St. Luke’s Health and will be located on the University of St. Thomas campus.


Registration for this event is open, and breakfast and lunch are provided as part of the $25 ticket cost for this one-day event. To register, visit