Hal Cato

Hal Cato

CEO

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Hal leads the team at the Community Foundation to help shape and cement the organization’s vital impact on the community it serves. By convening leaders, donors, funders and nonprofit organizations, his leadership and advocacy inspires strategic partnerships to expand giving and align trust in order to build upon the resources needed to ensure a better tomorrow for the residents of our Community.

Prior to joining CFMT, Hal served as the CEO of Thistle Farms, Inc. He is a visionary, highly regarded in the community and known for recognizing and executing bold and creative opportunities for organizational growth in the nonprofit and corporate sectors alike.

From his early career, Hal has been dedicated to serving and growing the impact of nonprofit groups. After graduating from college, he established and expanded Hands on Nashville and later led and grew the Oasis Center, while becoming widely recognized as an advocate for the community’s youth. Hal also has significant corporate experience, including as the founder and CEO of Zeumo, Inc. and the former Vice President of Client and Community Services of Bright Horizons Family Solutions.


Team Members

Melissa Anderson

Melissa Anderson

Staff Accountant

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Daphne Billingsley

Daphne Billingsley

ChildcareTennessee, Regional Coordinator West

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Debbie Bone

Debbie Bone

Grants Associate

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