An experienced international businesswoman, Catherine lived in Hong Kong for over 10 years, where she launched Equant in North Asia, founded and served as Managing Director of Digital Island in the Asia Pacific Australia region, and founded and managed the Search Bank in Hong Kong and the US. She also helped publish two books that raised funds for a special needs school and the World Parrot Trust in Asia.
Catherine served as the Chair of several committees with the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and co-authored a position paper for the Chamber on High Bit Encryption Exportation. She was a member of the advisory team that met with United States Congressional representatives to review the World Trade Organizations position with China, and the Federal Communications Commission on a number of fact finding trips to Greater China.
For the past 20 years, Catherine has served her community at both the state and local level. After moving to Menlo Park, Catherine became Vice-President of her Homeowners Association, joined the board of the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and volunteered as an after school tutor at the Boys and Girls Club. Through her work with the Junior League, Catherine supported Project Read, Fostering Families and HIP Housing to name a few.
Catherine worked successfully with California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, Assemblyman Sandre Swanson, and State Senator Joe Simitian to draft legislation that has addressed human trafficking, domestic violence, protected womens health, and made it possible for children to get a head start in education. As a mother of two young children, Catherine helps run her daughters Girls Scouts troop, and is a volunteer with the AYSO in Menlo Park.
Catherine attended Tulane University, and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Rhetoric and Public Communications. She then moved to London to complete her MBA at the Cass Business School, where she was President of her class with the Deans Honors.