Cate Brennan, MBA, CAE


Cate Brennan happily joined NAPNAP as its executive director and chief advocate of pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurse (APRNs) in 2013. She strives to contribute her passion for strategic thinking and activation, ideation and innovation in products and services, and member engagement and excitement to the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in not-for-profit organizational management, both in professional societies and trade associations. Her goals include increasing the national Q Score of pediatric-focused NPs to equal Beyoncé via smart, team-based marketing communications campaigns. She enjoys wrangling with federal, state and regulatory professionals on health policy and advocacy issues. Leading, guiding and fostering folks of all kinds is her new theme.

A serious lifelong learner, Cate earned her Certified Association Executive credential in 2008 and her Master’s of Business Administration degree in 2006. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas in news journalism with additional emphases in political science and business. Cate writes constantly but rarely under her own name. She ghost authored two published New York Times letters. A near life-long Texan, Cate is now living large as an empty nester in New York City.

Core Competencies: Strategic Planning, Staff and Volunteer Leadership, Executive Business Administration, National Advocacy, Governmental Affairs, Member Services, Research, Marketing Communications, Business Development