Cat Massa


Leadership Giving Officer


Philanthropy • Advocacy • Relationship Management • Donor Giving • Conservation

I help members deepen their relationship with the Cornell Lab and achieve their philanthropic goals. Whether I’m working with those who are giving to support a specific project, or who are leaving a legacy that includes the Cornell Lab, I am humbled to build and nurture relationships with amazing partners who make our work possible.

My love for nature and all it encompasses began at a very young age. When I first moved to Ithaca in 2017 to pursue my Master’s degree in public administration and nonprofit management at Cornell, I quickly discovered the Cornell Lab and felt drawn to its mission to conserve birds and biodiversity through the unique combination of innovative technology, citizen science, research, and education. I am grateful to work alongside such a talented and enthusiastic group of individuals.


B.A, Geography, University of Colorado at Boulder
M.A., Public Administration, Cornell University

Outside the Cornell Lab

In my spare time, I love to explore all that nature has to offer through various forms of movement. In the summer, you can find me running on the trails all day and through the night. In the winter, I swap my running shoes for XC ski boots, and often ski at night by headlamp.

Dark-haired female portrait of staff member named Cat Massa.
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Golden-cheeked Warbler by Bryan Calk/Macaulay Library