Vice President of Communications and Public Policy, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Cathy Alderman has served as the Vice President of Communications and Public Policy for the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) since 2015 and oversees the Education and Advocacy (E&A) Team. The E&A Team is responsible for public/media relations, lobbying activities, social media, publications, community engagement, public outreach, and education. During her four years at CCH, Cathy has successfully advocated for state and local housing resources resulting in first time housing investments by both Denver and the Colorado State Government. She has contributed to media relations and interviews that have resulted in over $7.5 million in ad value reaching over 825 million readers/viewers annually.
Before joining CCH, Cathy served as the Vice President of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) and the PPRM Action Fund overseeing policy, political, and community engagement work for a four-state region. In that role, she directed four successful opposition campaigns of statewide anti-abortion ballot measures and successfully lobbied for proactive legislation to improve access to reproductive healthcare. Cathy also worked for the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) on legislative issues related to patient safety in the operating room, working in up to 13 states annually to pass proactive legislation. Prior to that role, she worked for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services overseeing a statewide expansion of Medicaid Managed Care, and the Madison County Health Department in Ohio as an Epidemiologist and Legal Adviser.
Cathy received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University Law School and a Master of Science in Public Health from the Tulane School of Public Health in Tropical Medicine. She graduated from Loyola University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and a minor degree in Environmental Management. A native of Georgia, Cathy has also lived in New Orleans; Madrid, Spain; and Columbus, Ohio before moving to Denver, Colorado in 2005.