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Lucia named board chair for philanthropy


Kathy Luria, senior vice president of community affairs and director of philanthropy at Webster Bank in Waterbury, has been named chair of the board of directors of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy (CCP), an association of grant makers committed to promoting and supporting effective philanthropy for the public good. 

“I am deeply honored to be nominated and to serve in this capacity,” said Luria, who joined Webster in 2006. “With a robust programming arm, the CCP serves as a source of best practice and learning, bringing philanthropists together for even greater impact.” 

“The Connecticut Council for Philanthropy is delighted to have
Kathy Luria as our new board chair,” said CCP President Karla Fortunato. “In addition to her years of philanthropic experience, Kathy will bring a rich background in higher education and marketing to bear upon her leadership at CCP.” 

At Webster, Luria oversees the corporate philanthropic arm of the organization across the franchise. She leads Webster’s community affairs program, managing the company’s charitable contributions, community service and employee volunteerism and leads internal activities to advance Webster’s philanthropic objectives. She also serves as a director on the Harold Webster Smith Foundation. 

Prior to joining Webster, Luria, who lives in Woodbury, was director of marketing and public relations for Naugatuck Valley Community College. 

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