May Cahill joined BakerRipley’s executive team with an established career in fundraising and grant development for academic and healthcare organizations. As the agency’s Chief Development Officer, May provides leadership and strategic direction in areas of philanthropy, marketing, communications, and stakeholder cultivation.
Prior to joining BakerRipley, May was an independent consultant providing strategic planning, training, and coaching services to nonprofit clients. She previously served as Chief Development Officer at CHI St. Luke’s Health, Vice President of Development for Houston Methodist Hospital and Director of Principal Gifts at Yale School of Medicine.
Throughout her career, May has supported initiatives centered on providing resources and services to marginalized groups. Her work has enabled programs which provide coaching, home visits and resource navigation to low-income, first-time parents; training for healthcare workers to identify, intervene and help human-trafficking survivors; and the study of the genetics of dyslexia in Hispanic and African American children, both historically understudied populations.
May earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Rice University, and she continues to support her alma mater as a volunteer for the university’s annual fund. May’s volunteerism also extends to service on the trustee boards of Duchesne Academy and the Ninfa Laurenzo Foundation. She serves on the gala committee for the Dominican (Vietnamese) Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province and is a member of the finance committee for St. Joseph Parish.