Cathy Wright

Board Chair, Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham

Cathy Wright has been named chair of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the state’s oldest and largest community foundation. Cathy Wright, JD, LEED AP, a founding partner of Clarus Consulting Group, recently retired when she sold her interest to a group of employees. She has consulted with organizations ranging from international business, government to nonprofits. Prior to entering consulting, Ms. Wright was a founding partner of the law firm of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, LLC where she practiced business and commercial litigation. She is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Alabama Bar Association. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Law. She also was an Instructor at the Duke University Nicholas School for the Environment. A certified Mediator, Ms. Wright was a founding member of the Alabama Academy of Attorney Mediators.

She serves on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of MONY Life Insurance Company, a Protective Life subsidiary. She is the principal author of The Status of Women in Alabama and a member of the Board of Directors of Leadership Birmingham and the Executive Committee.   She received the Birmingham Bar Association’s Burton L. Barnes Award for Public Service and the Alabama State Bar Association Indigent Defense Award. Ms. Wright is married to Michael L. Hall and they have three children, David, Nathan and Elizabeth Hall.


Advancing Racial Equity Inside Community Foundations

Posted on October 6, 2021 by Brian Hamilton, Cathy Wright, Christopher Nanni, Lori Bartczak

Growing numbers of community foundations are making commitments to advancing racial equity in their communities. While forming a point of view on racial equity is an important first step, putting that commitment into action is complex work. What are the steps community foundations are taking to advance racial equity inside their foundations? How are they engaging important stakeholders—such as board… Read More