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Cayte Connell

Cayte Connell is an operations specialist with the Stanley Foundation, where she manages logistics for programming activities. Connell previously worked in the arts and culture sector, serving as a meeting planner and managing special projects for nonprofit organizations, including a dance festival and a symphony orchestra. She also has extensive experience in different areas of development and fund-raising, specifically prospect research and event management.  

What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?

I joined the foundation in March 2018. I manage logistics for our many programming activities. This can range from researching venues and figuring out travel options to handling invitations and managing on-site operations.  

What do you like most about your job?

I’ve always enjoyed opportunities that allow me to work behind the scenes to bring people together in pursuit of a common goal. Using my skills and experience to support the foundation’s work on critical issues of peace and security is immensely rewarding. My colleagues are fantastic too—I’ve been so impressed by the dedication and knowledge of everyone here. 

Where are you from?

I grew up in Iowa City, Iowa. After college, I was fortunate enough to work in a field that let me travel all over the country. North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, and Washington, DC, are just a few places I’ve lived. Iowa has always had a special place in my heart, though, and I’m thrilled to be back in the Hawkeye State. 

What are your hobbies?

I studied dance in college and still love anything that keeps me active; yoga and jazzercise (I’ve been going with my mom) are two current favorites. This area has a great arts and culture community; you could go to a reading or concert every night of the week if you felt like it. I also like to cook and, now that I live closer to home, am starting to experiment with baking—it’s so much more fun when you can share the finished product with people.