Brigid Doherty has been appointed the new director of the WNY Women's Fund, which invests in programs that make meaningful, systemic change in the lives of women and girls.
She attended an all-girls high school, Nardin Academy, where she first recognized the specific issues and opportunities facing women and girls.
Doherty received a bachelor's degree in finance from Boston College and earned an MBA from Harvard University. Her experience includes strategy consulting and investment banking.
The WNY Women's Fund invests in programs that give women tools to develop their personal and financial assets, and it has made more than $210,000 in grants to community initiatives.
"Providing women and girls opportunities to become economically self-sufficient is critical to Western New York's overall economic growth," Doherty said.
President Tricia Semmelhack said Women's Fund makes a difference "by investing in success for women and girls."
The organization's Free Tax Preparation Program has brought low-income women to free tax preparation sites that obtained more than $14 million in refunds, and earned income and child care tax credits in tax year 2006 alone.
"Our Girl Power initiative has changed the lives of inner-city seventh- and eighth-grade girls by providing them with English and math tutoring, as well as life skills training," Semmelhack said. "Brigid's experience in the private and public sector will help us move to the next level and positively affect the lives of even more women and girls."