President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs National Basketball Association
Kathy Behrens graduated from the University of Hartford, with a BS in Special Education, class of 1985. While at Hartford, she served as President of the Student Government Association and was a member of the women’s tennis and basketball teams. She currently serves on the University’s Board of Regents. In 2010, Kathy received the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award and in 2014 she was inducted into the Hartford Athletics Hall of Fame.
As president, social responsibility & player programs for the National Basketball Association, Kathy oversees a group that manages all of the NBA's programs that coordinate league and player social responsibility efforts, support player growth and development, and enhance the marketing opportunities for current and former players.
Kathy joined the NBA in September 2000 as Vice President, Community Relations, overseeing all of the NBA’s public service initiatives, community outreach, and employee volunteer programs. She later worked as Senior Vice President of Community & Player Programs, and Executive Vice President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs. Prior to joining the NBA, Kathy served as Executive Director of New York Cares, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes volunteers to help New York City’s neediest residents. Before joining New York Cares in 1995, Behrens served in the administration of former New York Governor Mario M. Cuomo, and was the Executive Director of the Friends of Cuomo Campaign Committee during the 1994 governor’s race.
In addition to her University service, Kathy sits on the Board of Directors for New York Cares and the Ad Council. She is also a member of the Board of Governors for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
A native of the Bronx, N.Y., Kathy currently lives with her husband Gerry and twins Matthew and Maureen in Westchester County, N.Y.