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Catholic Charities President and CEO Paul Mulligan Appointed to Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Board of Trustees

PHOENIX, Ariz. (Sept. 7, 2022): Catholic Charities Community Services President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Mulligan has been appointed to the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Board of Trustees.

Mulligan joins two other new trustees, Lori Higuera, Assistant General Counsel-Employment, Freeport McMoRan, and former Phoenix City Manager and currently Managing Director, Government and Public Sector for Ernst & Young, Ed Zuercher.

“It is an honor to have been invited to join the Trustees of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, who have been entrusted with preserving the legacy of Virginia Piper,” Mulligan said. “Catholic Charities has been on the receiving end of Mrs. Piper’s generosity, and I can personally attest to the profound impact she continues to make in our community. I am deeply humbled by this opportunity, and I recognize the great responsibility I will assume to help ensure Virginia’s values are carried forward both now and for generations to come.”

Mulligan has served as President and CEO of Catholic Charities since 2014. He is currently Chair of the Executive Committee for the Council of Diocesan Directors for Catholic Charities USA. He also serves in various board and council roles with the Arizona Governor’s Office, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University, Housing for Hope and Life Perspectives’ “Institute of Reproductive Grief Care” in San Diego.

He was recently elected to the Catholic Charities USA National Board of Directors, based in Alexandria, VA.

A fourth-generation Arizonan of Hispanic heritage, Mulligan grew up in Phoenix where he attended K-12 Catholic schools. He served seven years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer, spent a decade leading pro-life organizations, and led Catholic Education Arizona of the Diocese of Phoenix for seven years.

Mulligan holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, a master’s in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, and an Executive MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Mulligan and his wife, Michelle, have three children and one in heaven.

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About Catholic Charities Community Services:

Founded in 1933, Catholic Charities provides care for the vulnerable of all faiths in central and northern Arizona through programs in foster care, early education, affordable housing, veteran services, refugee resettlement, and homeless outreach. Learn more by visiting Social connections include and

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust:

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $684 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. For more information, visit | @PiperTrust | Facebook.