About ICF

Caterina Bummara

Senior Manager, Poverty Solutions
Caterina is a poverty solutions expert with nearly 15 years of experience working in the poverty reduction field, delivering training and technical assistance focused on family self-sufficiency, asset-building, workforce development, safety net programs, and barriers to economic well-being.

Caterina designs and delivers technical assistance to various agencies and organizations to address the needs of low-income families. She leads our training and technical assistance to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs and partners, including federal, state, territory, tribal, and local stakeholders. Caterina’s technical assistance provides strategies to programs that support individuals on their paths toward economic self-sufficiency and increased family well-being. She also fosters program involvement through an understanding of case management, career pathways, job-driven training, executive functioning, and trauma-informed care strategies.

Through the development of roundtables, webinars, individualized coaching, and other activities, Caterina’s technical assistance provisions have helped TANF agencies in every state and territory, as well as dozens of tribes across the U.S., transform their program innovations into service improvements for their participants.

Previously, Caterina helped local organizations apply for federal funding through the Office of Community Services’ Assets for Independence program. Through tailored technical assistance, Caterina used tailored technical assistance to help dozens of organizations apply for and receive over $24 million in grant funding to support local asset-building initiatives, which have helped low-income individuals realize their long-term goals of homeownership, higher education, and capitalizing small businesses.

"The shift to remote work across industries brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has allowed ICF to help social services programs not only rethink what case management looks like in a virtual world, but to guide them to innovative solutions that help both programs and people."
Education
  • M.P.P., The George Washington University
  • B.A., The George Washington University
Publications
  • Strategic Partnerships: Streamlining Services while Helping Families, In Focus Volume 34, Community Action Partnership, April 25, 2019
  • Building Opportunities by Engaging Employers, In Focus Volume 4, Community Action Partnership, July 13, 2018
  • Earned Income Tax Credit – A City Practice Brief. National League of Cities, 2008
  • Using Poverty Simulations to Build Support for Poverty Reduction Initiatives – A Municipal Action Guide. National League of Cities, 2008.