Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Names New CEO 

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo visits with Cynthia Nunes Colbert, who was recently named CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

HOUSTON (January 7, 2013) Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is pleased to announce the selection of Cynthia Nunes Colbert, MSW, as the new CEO effective January 2013.

Ms. Colbert, with a Master’s degree in social welfare planning and administration, has dedicated her career to social services. Prior to moving to Houston, Cynthia served as the executive director of Catholic Charities of Central Texas in the Diocese of Austin from 2005 through 2010. In 2010, she left Austin to head the Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Wichita.

“I am very honored and excited to join the team in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston,” Colbert said. She added, “Catholic Charities has a wonderful array of programs and services and I look forward to working with Cardinal DiNardo, the board of directors, the staff and the volunteers, to build on the current strengths and determine new priorities through an upcoming strategic planning process.”

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo congratulated the Selection Committee, expressing his confidence in Ms. Colbert. He further stated, “She is dedicated to Catholic social teaching and is very knowledgeable and committed to Catholic Charities.”

Board Chairman David Harvey, Jr., who headed the Selection Committee, said “After interviewing Cynthia, it was pretty evident that she had the background with the Catholic Charities systems and the mindset and skills to not only manage our programs, but also relate to the management staff and help maintain relationships to key benefactors upon which we are critically dependent.”

Mr. Harvey added, “Cynthia has plenty of experience leading and shepherding an organization with Catholic values and clearly understands the underpinnings of Catholic social doctrine that are at the heart of our mission at Catholic Charities. We look forward to her leadership as we embark on our next five-year strategic plan and the next chapter in a very active and growing organization.”

We welcome Cynthia to our Catholic Charities family in 2013 during the “Year of Faith” as we celebrate Catholic Charities’ 70 years of service to the vulnerable and the poor within our community.

“I am honored to answer the call to serve in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston,” said Colbert, who will be helping to lead the staff of 300-plus who help more than 90,000 people in need with 15 social and human services programs that also include basicnecessities, counseling, immigration legal services, housing, parish social ministry and senior services.

About Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston provides a comprehensive network of social services aimed at promoting and facilitating self-sufficiency. Services include basic needs assistance, affordable home ownership and transitional housing programs, counseling, disaster recovery, HIV/AIDS ministry, refugee resettlement, immigrant legal services, pregnancy services, adoption and foster care, pregnancy services, and case management for seniors. Catholic Charities serves more than 90,000 people annually throughout the Greater Houston area. Catholic Charities is a nonprofit, United Way agency. For more information, visit

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