NAPNAP Promotes Cate Brennan to Chief Executive Officer

For Immediate Release
Nov. 13, 2019
Contact: Justin T. Worsley
917-746-8299 * jworsley@napnap.org

NAPNAP Promotes Cate Brennan to Chief Executive Officer
Brennan will be responsible for leadership and continued growth of the association.

NEW YORK Nov. 13, 2019 – The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is pleased to announce that Catherine (Cate) Brennan, MBA, CAE has been named chief executive officer of NAPNAP. Prior to her new role, Ms. Brennan served as the executive director for NAPNAP for six years and worked closely with the Executive Board and staff to advance the associations’ mission and implement strategic priorities in NAPNAP’s fifth decade of caring for and about children.

 “Cate’s commitment and dedication to NAPNAP has been a wonderful asset to the association. We look forward to her ongoing leadership as NAPNAP continues to grow and serve our members, children and families,” said NAPNAP President, Raji Koppolu, RN, MS, CPNP, MSL.
Ms. Brennan has been a driving force behind NAPNAP’s individual pediatric advanced practice nurse and corporate partner membership growth. She leads a team of dedicated staff, maintaining a spirit of inclusiveness, transparency, innovation and accountability. Her background in communications, marketing and policy has been a significant resource to the association as it continues to build awareness and engage stakeholders.

“I am truly honored to serve as NAPNAP’s CEO and advance the global understanding and appreciation of pediatric-focused nurse practitioners,” said Ms. Brennan. “My top goal is to make patients, families and others aware that pediatric-focused nurse practitioners deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care, whether they practice in acute, specialty or primary care. Our dedicated leaders have a respected, national voice in patient advocacy, clinical practice, academic education, management and leadership, and social justice.”

During her tenure with NAPNAP, the association has expanded its national health policy efforts to include increased communication and engagement with members of Congress working to advance child health and advanced practice issues. The association has also seen continued growth in the areas of online continuing education on PedsCESM and in-person continuing education at national conferences and regional symposia. Ms. Brennan has expanded collaborative relationships with the NAPNAP Foundation and the Association of Faculties of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners among other partners.

In addition to her successful leadership in NAPNAP, Ms. Brennan was instrumental in launching NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth, a charitable foundation and its Alliance for Children in Trafficking (ACT) campaign, a multi-year initiative aimed at education, outreach and prevention of children in human trafficking.

Ms. Brennan joined NAPNAP in 2013 and has more than 25 years of professional experience in not-for-profit association management, strategic marketing and communications businesses. She joined NAPNAP after 11 years with the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), most recently as its associate executive director of Policy and Advocacy. Ms. Brennan earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Texas Woman’s University in 2006 and her Certified Association Executive credential in 2008. Her Bachelor of Science is from the University of North Texas in news journalism with additional emphasis in political science and business. She considers herself a lifelong learner and continues to pursue knowledge that will advance the goals of her membership and non-profit profession.

Ms. Brennan begins her term as chief executive officer immediately.


The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is the nation’s only professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs) and their fellow pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) who are dedicated to improving the quality of health care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Representing more than 9,000 healthcare practitioners with 20 special interest groups and 50 chapters, NAPNAP has been advocating for children’s health since 1973 and was the first NP society in the U.S. Our mission is to empower pediatric-focused PNPs and their interprofessional partners to enhance child and family health through leadership, advocacy, professional practice, education and research. NAPNAP.org