Living Legends: CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS
CHAIRMAN AND CEO, CATHERINE B. REYNOLDS FOUNDATION, FAIRFAX COUNTY
Reynolds’ foundation supports myriad groups, including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art and the Library of Congress.
The first self-made woman to make BusinessWeek’s list of the 50 most philanthropic living Americans, Reynolds has been included multiple times on Washingtonian magazine’s annual 100 Most Powerful Women list.
A Vanderbilt University graduate, she was chairman, president and CEO of EduCap Inc., a pioneering nonprofit education finance company that was the first to directly market private student loans to consumers. Reynolds also introduced the first asset-backed securitization structure for consumer education loans, resulting in billions of dollars in AAA bond offerings and a multibillion-dollar annual capital market.
Reynolds sits on the boards of General Dynamics Corp., Lindblad Expeditions LLC and the American Academy of Achievement. She also is co-founder and CEO of nutrition delivery company VitaKey Inc.
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