Kate Bell, a partner of Capitol Advocacy, has over 18 years of experience working on policy issues and is recognized as one of Sacramento’s most effective lobbyists on tax, procurement, as well as general business issues. Kate’s ability to articulate issues and her deep-seated knowledge of California’s budget, legislative, procurement and regulatory processes gets results for clients.
Kate has developed new business incentives with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, won multi-million-dollar settlements and tax refund claims before the State Board of Equalization, California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, and Franchise Tax Board. Kate’s expertise in fiscal issues extends to the budget process, as well. She has worked to pass multi-year, multi-million-dollar tax credits, obtain funding for new programs, and expand existing state contracts.
Her keen understanding of the procurement process has helped clients receive awards for large state contracts in the aerospace, healthcare, education, and technology sectors. In her procurement work, Kate assists clients in developing bid opportunities and navigating the process with successful outcomes. She has developed pilot projects that have become full scale programs.
Furthermore, in cases where clients have received unfavorable outcomes, she has been successful in protesting and overturning flawed or anti-competitive contracts awarded by state agencies.
In addition to her tax and procurement work, Kate lobbies on behalf of interests before the Legislature and Administration in a wide array of industries including: cybersecurity, education, housing, mental health, non-profits, retail, restaurants, technology and transportation. Kate’s 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 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, spent a year studying at the University of Granada in Spain, and graduated with high honors with BA and BS degrees in Physiology and Spanish. 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, Zoie and Ryker.