With more than twenty years’ experience in strategy development, communications and marketing, public affairs, events planning, leadership, and management, Catherine’s experience spans across a variety of public, private, governmental, consultancy, and nonprofit entities.
Her extensive Northwest career includes operating her own communications firm, Bellastoria Communications, working with C-suite and executive leaders in the government and non-profit sectors, as well as with regional public relations agencies to support strategic business planning, and communications and marketing initiatives. She also serves as the Executive Director for the Pacific Northwest chapter of British-American Business Connections, leading the day-to-day operations including, membership and partnership development, advocacy and policy initiatives, marketing and communications activities, and the Board of Directors' leadership team.
Catherine’s passion for communications, public affairs and service roles were inspired and nurtured through her work in California including serving as the Constituent Affairs Representative for the California State House Speaker, key positions with representatives of the California State House and Senate, on state and national political campaigns, and through local/state agencies tackling issues including tribal gaming and clean air fuels. With an innate ability to pivot to multiple industries, Catherine’s work has also deeply extended into the technology, aerospace/manufacturing, tourism, and arts industries.
She was instrumental in implementing the first American Cancer Society workplace newsletter “Because We Care,” with a pilot in the Pacific Northwest region, helping to establish the communication as a national publication. Catherine also worked with Washington State Tourism, helping develop the “Washington State Tourism Strategic Direction: A Blueprint for Our Future,” to support tourism development across the state.
Loving a bit of country living, Catherine lives just east of Seattle with her husband, two daughters, and one spunky dog on three acres that include a small orchard and garden. She can regularly be found cheering on her daughters’ soccer teams locally or over the Internet rooting for the Hartwick College women’s team. Catherine also serves as secretary on the Board of Directors for the Seattle Rugby Club, which has been providing rugby opportunities to adults and youth in the greater region for more than 50 years working closely with a variety of organizations across Washington including the Seattle Slam Wheelchair Rugby, JBLM, naval bases Everett and Kitsap, the Boys & Girls Clubs, the Tulalip Tribe, the Yakima Nation, Pioneer Health Services & Foster care, the Veterans Administration, Kids Co., a number of high schools, local youth and adult rugby leagues, the Orca Museum, Special Olympics Washington, and more.