WASHINGTON (September 13, 2007)—Kathy Saile, a church advocate with a decade of experience in Catholic social ministry and Washington policy work, has been named Director of Domestic Policy for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
She starts her new position in October.
Since August 2004, Saile has been Associate Director of Public Policy for Lutheran Services in America (USA), in Washington. Previous positions include Director of the Office of Peace and Justice, Catholic Social Service of Central and Northern Arizona and director of the Archdiocese of Phoenix Catholic Campaign for Human Development, 2001-2004; and Coordinator of Social Justice and Outreach Ministries, Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, 1997-2001. She also served as a Loaned Executive to Catholic Charities USA, May-July 2003.
She holds a master's degree in social work from Arizona State University, and a bachelor of science degree in organizational communication from Ohio University.
Msgr. David Malloy, USCCB General Secretary announced the appointment September 13.
"Kathy Saile brings to this important position strong commitment to the Catholic Church and its social teaching, impressive knowledge of key domestic issues and extensive policy and advocacy experience. Her service in diocesan social ministry and here in the nation's capital will be great assets in helping the bishops articulate and advance the Church's principles and policies seeking economic and social justice in our nation."
Accepting the position, Saile highlighted her desire "to assist the Bishops in carrying out the Gospel mission" and expressed thanks for "this opportunity to integrate my commitment to social justice and my faith in my professional life."
The director of Domestic Social Development is the staff leader of the USCCB's efforts on U.S. poverty, health care, hunger, housing, work, agriculture, the death penalty and other national issues.
Her office is within the new USCCB Department of Justice and Peace and Human Development and will work with the Bishops' new committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.