Dr. Constance (Connie) McCatherin Silver is a psychoanalyst, acclaimed social worker, educator, philanthropist and extraordinary artist. Throughout her life, Dr. Silver has shown fierce dedication and courage as a champion in the fight against inequality. Working together with her husband Martin, Dr. Silver has helped to transform the field of social work, setting the highest bar as a philanthropist committed to social change and bettering the lives of all people.
In 2007 Dr. Silver’s vision of disrupting generational poverty led to the founding of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University. It is her spirit and values that continue to guide McSilver Institute’s work.
Dr. Silver is a member of the NYU Board of Trustees and she has served as a lecturer at NYU for many years. Her artwork can be found in private and corporate collections. Her 10-foot tall sculpture, “Whoopie,” is displayed on the Florida International University campus. She earned a BS degree in social work in 1978 and an MSW in 1979 from NYU. She also received a PhD from the Union Institute and University in 1983.