With over three decades of experience in community organizing and politics, Catherine Lew is known as one of California's toughest and most successful communications and campaign consultants. In 2018, she was named by the Sacramento Bee as a California Influencer, joining selected statewide leaders in politics, policy, and government shaping the 2018 election dialogue through the Bee/McClatchy news mediums.
A veteran of nearly 700 political campaigns and ballot measures, Lew has worked on behalf of political clients who include the California Democratic Party, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker, Union City Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Millbrae City Council Member Gina Papan, San Mateo City Councilmember Eric Rodriguez, and Vallejo City Councilmember Hakeem Brown among others. She served as Deputy Political Director of the Northern California Clinton-Gore campaign in 1992.
Catherine has successfully developed communications strategy, coalition-building, and media campaigns on behalf of clients who include labor unions, children's organizations, school districts, and organizational clients such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Presidio Trust of San Francisco, The Nature Conservancy, Planning & Conservation League Foundation of California, California Nurses Association, Alameda County Building Trades Council, and Oakland Community Organizations.
With Catherine’s leadership and an incredible organizational team, The Lew Edwards Group has enjoyed over two decades of success, passing approximately $37.5 Billion in California finance measures at a 95%+ win rate -- repairing K-12 classrooms, expanding college facilities, protecting funding for local city services, and improving libraries, parks and infrastructure. Lew prides herself on her firm’s award-winning service to every client, diverse agencies that range dramatically in size and strategic needs.
Selected clients represented by Catherine include: Los Angeles Unified School District (four successive bond elections); Long Beach Unified School District ($2.7 Billion total); Coast Community College District ($1.068 Billion total); San Jose Evergreen Community College District ($883 Million total); and scores of other cities and school districts up and down California.
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the University of San Francisco School of Law, Catherine Lew is also a member of the California State Bar.