Katalin Wishart manages JVA’s business development and client relations. She comes to this work after four years as a senior grantwriter at JVA, providing grantwriting and funding research services and securing more than $7.5 million in funding for JVA clients. In both roles, Katalin connects with clients to learn about their needs and the needs of the communities they serve.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector, Katalin practiced law with a focus on estate planning and elder law. Not only did she enjoy helping clients with complex legal issues, she also loved talking to them and learning about their joys and struggles. From working for a daily newspaper through practicing law, grantwriting and client relations, the thread that ties her career together is her passion for connecting with people to create positive change.
Katalin earned her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline College of Law in Saint Paul, MN, and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado.
Katalin serves as co-chair of the City of Golden Public Art Commission and as a volunteer mediator with Oval Options and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. Katalin recently completed the Leadership Golden program to learn about the inner workings of local government. Previously, Katalin served as secretary for the Golden Schools Foundation board of directors. She has volunteered her legal services through Metro Volunteer Lawyers in Denver and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Other volunteer activities include helping with the Memories in the Making and Tel-A-Sure programs at Seniors’ Resource Center in Wheat Ridge.
Katalin is a life-long learner and took advantage of many opportunities over the pandemic to learn about conflict resolution, nonviolent communication and mediation strategies. To decompress, she also took on a three-day trail run in Southern Utah with some adventurous friends.