Senior Instructor, Human Resources
Program Manager, Next Generation Initiative
Catherine “Cathy” LaTourette joined the Center for Public Service in Fall 2012 as faculty in the Executive Masters Public Administration program. She brings over 28 years of Human Resource management experience primarily at the executive level. For the past 11 years she served as the Associate VP for Human Resources at PSU with approximately 30,000 students and over 5000 employees leading the full scope of HR and payroll functions.
Prior to PSU, Ms. LaTourette initiated and developed the HR function for Sysco Food Services of Portland, the Oregon division of this Fortune 100 food service distribution company, where she held the VP Human Resources position for 10 years. Earlier in her career Cathy worked for the Muscular Dystrophy Association coordinating patient services for individuals with neuro-muscular diseases and managed $2 million in grants distributed through NYC hospitals.
Cathy is excited to be back in the teaching role, as her first position after college was teaching PE and Health in an inner city school in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Her career spans the public, private and non-profit sectors, she holds her MPA from PSU and the Senior Professional Certification in HR Management.
On the home front—Cathy loves being a Mom, supporting her 14 year old daughter’s competitive soccer involvement, her son’s career after a BA degree in Ancient History, attracting wild birds to her backyard, and gardening.