Katy Delahanty

KATY DELAHANTY, Executive Director of Portland Museum, merges her passion for art, community, and social justice. Hailing from a family with deep roots in the Portland neighborhood, her ancestors emigrated from Ireland in the mid-1800s, forging a path that Katy proudly continues. As the granddaughter of civil rights activists Dolores and Robert Delahanty, she carries their legacy with unwavering determination. After graduating from Cooper Union in NYC, she returned to her cherished Portland neighborhood, buying a fixer-upper home and immersing herself in its vibrant history.


Katy’s extensive community involvement includes board positions with the US Marine Hospital and Portland Now. She is also Vice President of Louisville Public Media’s Community Advisory Committee, an IKT Congress board member, and a board member of the Louisville Public Library Foundation. Katy has been recognized by The Louisville Defender as a changemaker and featured on Creative Capital’s Artists shortlist in 2022. She is a graduate of Cooper Union and holds over a decade of experience in facilitation and mediation, and fifteen years in crisis work and advocacy for individuals with disabilities. Katy is an artist herself, creating murals and illustrated books.


Katy Delahanty currently co-leads the capital campaign for Adventure House of You (AHOY), Louisville’s premier Children’s Museum, successfully raising over 2 million, providing crucial support for the creation of an immersive play space in an old Victorian home adjacent to the museum. Through her involvement in this Children’s Museum expansion, Katy continues to build upon her diverse background in art, mediation, social justice, and community engagement. Her role as a driving force behind the transformation of the Portland Museum and the revitalization of the Portland neighborhood is strengthened.