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Kathleen C. Brittan is an expert in leading and nurturing nonprofit organizations, particularly in the arts, higher education, and special education. Raised by a concert pianist and trained as a mezzo-soprano, Kathleen is passionate about the role music plays in shaping vibrant communities.

She has served such institutions as MIT, Brandeis University, Perkins School for the Blind, The Umbrella Center for the Arts, New England Colleges Fund, and Crotched Mountain Foundation. She has also headed the board of directors of the New England Philharmonic, and was a long-time board member of the Boston-area chamber group Radius Ensemble.

Her educational background is eclectic. She has studied at New England Conservatory, Simmons College, Harvard Extension School, Longy School of Music, and the American Institute for Holistic Theology, from which she holds a master’s degree.

An avid chorister, Kathleen currently sings with the Newburyport Choral Society. One of the highlights of her musical life was touring China with the chorus of the New England Conservatory.

Kathleen is delighted to be a member of the Blue Heron community and looks forward to sharing her skills and experience on its behalf.