Currently, Catherine serves on the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, Ohio Housing Council, Cinnaire, Council for Rural Housing in Ohio’s Advisory Board and Chairs the Joint Columbus and Franklin County Housing Advisory Board. Catherine has served on boards including Affordable Housing Investor Council, United Way, Local Initiatives Support Corporation and the Ohio Community Development Finance Fund.
Catherine Cawthon is President of Fifth Third Community Development Company. The Fifth Third CDC invests in community projects that support affordable housing, economic revitalization and stabilization as well as job creation. The CDC’s portfolio includes low-income housing, historic and new market tax credit projects as well as investments to CDFI’s. They invest primarily in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Since its inception, Fifth Third CDC has invested over $4 billion in more than five hundred projects. Catherine is responsible for business development, origination and asset management functions for the bank
Catherine graduated from Illinois State University and earned an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.