Sarah Beckwith has joined Catholic Charities as its new chief financial officer. She comes from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where she served as vice president and CFO for the last nine years.
Beckwith has an extensive background in senior finance leadership roles. Prior to the BSO, she held the controller role for a worldwide credit insurance company in the risk industry and started her career as audit supervisor for Deloitte in the United Kingdom. Beckwith says she is eager to start this next chapter of her life.
“I often share with my children that we are all born with a purpose to serve and help others,” Beckwith said. “This role feels like I’m able to use what I’ve learned throughout my career to give back. I was drawn to the mission of Catholic Charities, the communities served, and the opportunity to make meaningful professional and personal contributions.”
Beckwith holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, and received her chartered accountant certification through the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
A team with passion for the work
Beckwith succeeds Scott Becker, who has been with Catholic Charities for 14 years and has served as CFO for the last 11 years. Becker will continue to work in a part-time status the last two weeks of February to ensure a smooth transition.
“Scott has done an amazing job, so to follow a legacy like that is an honor,” said Beckwith. “He told me he loves his team and wants them to be in safe hands. I look forward to joining the team – they have a great passion for the work they are doing, and that brings me great joy.”
The United Kingdom native lives in Jacksonville, Maryland, where she and her family attend Ashland Presbyterian Church. The self-described “English lady” enjoys having tea, gardening, singing, and watching soccer—commonly known as football in the U.K.—with her family.
Beckwith will report directly to Catholic Charities Executive Director Bill McCarthy.