Kathy Treat | Founder
Kathy is the founder and president of the Speranza Foundation. Growing up in a philanthropic family, giving back and supporting important causes has always been a part of her life. She is dedicated to finding creative ways to give money and support causes, believing that the role of the funder is to encourage and
come alongside those doing great work and empowering them to
fulfill their mission.
With a passion for the arts and media, Kathy believes in the power of storytelling to educate and inspire. After traveling to Romania in 1996 with World Vision to visit a Kid’s Club for youth infected with HIV/AIDs she was compelled to produce her first documentary. After the Fall: HIV Grows Up, tells the story of the people and the stories she encountered on that trip. The film went on to screen at festivals and in universities and high school classrooms around the country, it’s also been incorporated into the project based educational curriculum Rock Your World, which engages students in real world issues such as human rights, activism, and social change.
In addition to her work in media and the arts, Kathy is a passionate advocate for giving greater voice to those who are disenfranchised as well as women and girls education and economic development. Her work in this area has taken her throughout Africa including multiple trips to, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Mali, Niger, and Zambia. She is the co-chair of the annual Strong Women Strong World luncheon in New York City, which brings together influential and affluent women and men to engage them in issues affecting women and girls around the world.
She lives in New York with her husband, Jeremy, and their four boys.