Kate Bell, a partner with Capitol Advocacy, has lobbied in the state for over 15 years and is recognized as one of Sacramento’s most effective lobbyists on tax, procurement, and general business issues. Kate’s ability to articulate issues, find solutions, and her knowledge of California’s complicated bureaucracy gets results for the firm’s clients.
Kate is widely respected by the Capitol community for her ability to frame issues effectively and knowledgeably. On the tax front, Kate has won several multi-million-dollar settlements, tax refund claims, and new business incentives before the State Board of Equalization, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, Franchise Tax Board and the Governor’s Office
of Business and Economic Development, as well as passed major tax incentive legislation in the state.
Kate’s understanding of the procurement process has helped the firm’s clients receive large state contracts in the aerospace, education, healthcare, public safety, and technology sectors. Kate assists clients in developing bid opportunities, ensuring funding in the State Budget, as well as successfully protesting anti-competitive outcomes. Examples of her track record of procurement successes include: (1) breaking up a decades long monopoly in California by ensuring that an opportunity went to bid, provided fair qualifications and, ultimately, allowed for two vendors to provide service on a multimillion dollar contract; (2) securing sole source contract approvals through agency, Governor’s Office and the Department of General Services (DGS) within a constrained deadline; (3) finalizing approvals of large IT projects with agency executives; (4) taking pilots to full-scale projects within various departments in California; and (5) activating large scale statewide contract offerings.
In addition to her tax and procurement work, Kate lobbies on behalf of varied interests before the Legislature and Administration on a wide array of industries including: aerospace, aviation, cybersecurity, education, housing, information technology, mental health, retailers, restaurants, and non-profits. Kate’s hard work ethic, key relationships within Sacramento’s political structure, and ability to navigate the complex dynamics between the two have proven invaluable to clients.
Prior to joining Capitol Advocacy in 2007, Kate worked for another top lobbying firm in Sacramento and served as the Chief Operating Officer of the California Business Properties Association, the state’s leading commercial, industrial, retail real estate association.
A native of California, Kate attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where she played lacrosse, studied abroad at the University of Granada in Spain, and graduated with high honors with BA and BS degrees. She received her MBA with an emphasis in public policy from California State University, Sacramento. Kate resides in Sacramento with her husband and their two children.