Provides strategic leadership, direction and management for all operational activities of The Jackson Laboratory.
S. Catherine “Katy” Longley has been the executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Jackson Laboratory since July 2018. She joined JAX in August 2016 as the vice president and chief financial officer after a distinguished career in finance, public policy and law. In her current role, Katy provides strategic leadership, direction and management for all operating activities of the Laboratory. She oversees Finance, Human Resources, Facilities, Legal, IT, Strategic Communications, Translational and Business Alliances, External and Government Affairs and serves as the institutional official for animal welfare and chairs JAX’s 403(b) Retirement Plan Committee.
Before coming to JAX, Ms. Longley served as the chief financial and business officer at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine where she was the senior officer responsible for the institution’s strategic financial planning and budgeting, capital and facilities management, human resources, debt structure, risk management and emergency planning, security and procurement. Ms. Longley practiced law with Verrill in Portland, Maine, including as a partner where she practiced in the areas of corporate law, finance and banking, and nonprofit and municipal bond finance. She served as commissioner in the cabinet of former Maine Governor Angus King, where she had oversight for all state professional and financial regulations, including banking, securities and insurance laws and regulations. She currently serves as a director and chair of the audit committee of Camden National Corporation, Camden, Maine (CAC, NASDAQ). Previous board appointments include directorships at United Educators, a reciprocal risk retention group in Chevy Chase, Md.; Wheaton College, Norton, Mass.; and Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company in Portland, Maine. She holds a B.A. degree from Bowdoin College as well as a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.