June 17, 2021

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia today announced Catherine Schott Murray, Esq., has been elected to serve as its new board chair beginning July 1, 2021. Schott Murray previously served as vice chairman of the board and succeeds Bernard Mustafa, who served as chair since 2019.

Catherine is an attorney with the law firm Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, P.C. Her practice focuses on trust and estate planning as well as business planning.

“I am excited to step up to chair the board of directors of the Community Foundation as CFNOVA continues to respond to the need in our region, seed innovation and to lead and convene our community,” said Schott Murray. “This is a remarkable time in our history, and the Community Foundation is looking ahead to broadening its work to build a community that is for everyone. I look forward to working with our team to expand on the accomplishments of those who have served in this role before me.”

Prior to joining the Odin, Feldman & Pittleman, Catherine assisted individuals with estate planning and Medicaid planning as well as represented lenders and closely held companies in commercial and financial transactions, commercial lease negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and collections. She also participated in the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Elder Law Clinic where she provided legal services to elderly indigent clients, including drafting guardianship petitions, advance planning for incapacity, estate planning, and medical assistance/Medicaid eligibility for long term care.

“Leading the Community Foundation’s board of directors is a demanding position that takes passion and commitment to grow community through philanthropy,” said Eileen Ellsworth, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “Catherine exemplifies these values and we’re excited to have her take on the leadership of the board.”

Catherine has received an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale‐Hubbell® Peer Review RatingsTM for her legal ability and general ethical standards. She was also included among Virginia Business Magazine’s 2014 “Legal Elite” Young Lawyers. She is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia Chapter of NAELA.

Learn more about The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Board.