Katie Cobb

Katie Cobb, president of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, was named a Piper Fellow last week.

Scottsdale resident Katie Cobb has received one of five 2018 fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust – which makes the awards to “exceptional leaders eager to grow personally and professionally while advancing the mission of the fellows program to produce impactful change.”

As president of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, Cobb leads a team responsible for all philanthropic activities supporting the treatment, research, and educational needs of Barrow Neurological Institute, the world’s leading neuroscience center.

“Since joining BNF, Cobb successfully helped cultivate and close the largest philanthropic gift to a brain cancer center in history and managed an effective capital raise for a new Barrow Neuroplex building,” the trust said in a release.

Prior to Barrow, Cobb was the senior vice president for advancement for Great Hearts Academies, a philanthropy across 23 schools for Arizona’s largest charter management organization.

“The Piper Fellowship will give me the inspiration and road map to spark my own innovative spirit to build a global organization that is recognized as best in class,” Cobb said.

The 2018 Piper Fellows will participate in sabbatical “focused on strengthening leadership skills and exploring renowned programs that can help nonprofits become more effective and resilient,” the trust said.

 The fellowship also offers their organization grants of up to $90,000, as well as study and travel for other colleagues of the fellows within their organization.

Cobb also has been executive vice president and chief operating officer for The Phoenix Symphony; managing partner with Actual Media, a producer with Fox News Channel and MSNBC; and deputy press secretary for Arizona Gov. Fife Symington.