Former Fairfield resident joins Special Olympics board

FSkortlandtCatherine E.M. Kortlandt, a Connecticut native who lives in Larchmont, N.Y., has joined Special Olympics Connecticut Board of Directors.

Kortlandt has extensive experience in corporate law, litigation and community service. She is currently senior assistant general counsel and managing attorney with Praxair, a specialty chemical and Fortune 300 company. In this role, she manages all aspects of commercial law, including contract, energy and antitrust for the business. Prior to joining Praxair, she was an associate with Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel and Seward & Kissel.

Professionally, Kortlandt has served on the Committee on Bankruptcy and Corporate Reorganization and as a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  She has practiced law in Connecticut and New York and is a certified mediator. She was recognized with a Martindate-Hubbell AV  Peer Review Rating for highest professional and ethical standards.

Kortlandt holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University, where she received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Netherlands and earned a certificate in European community law from the University of Amsterdam, and a juris doctor from Columbia University Law School, where she graduated with honors. She is fluent in Dutch.

An active member of her community, Kortlandt founded and served as president of the Flint Park Conservancy, a nonprofit organization providing political and financial support for a large community park. She was also treasurer for the Community Unitarian Church in White Plains, N.Y.

“I am honored to be volunteering with Special Olympics Connecticut with its long-standing dedication to supporting an integrating people with intellectual disabilities all over the world,” Kortlandt said.

Kortlandt was raised in Trumbull and Fairfield, where her parents, Herb and Jennifer Moorin, still live. From an early age, they instilled in their daughter lessons of philanthropy and community service through their example. From early on, Kortlandt had a personal connection to Special Olympics. Her sister, Jennifer, is a long-time participant and member of the Special Olympics Fairfield team.

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