As a partner, Kate Bell brings over 10 years of experience to Capitol Advocacy, and is recognized as one of Sacramento’s most effective lobbyists on tax issues and procurement. She has won multi-million-dollar settlements, tax refund claims, and new business incentives on a number of high-profile cases before the State Board of Equalization, Franchise Tax Board and Go-Biz.
Her deep understanding of the procurement process has helped the firm’s clients receive awards for large state contracts in the securities, healthcare, aerospace, and education sectors. In her procurement work, Kate assists clients in developing qualifications for bid opportunities and helps to ensure funding in the State Budget for these bids. In cases where a client received an unfavorable outcome, she has been successful in protesting anti-competitive contracts awarded by state agencies.
Kate’s ability to artfully articulate issues and her deep-seated knowledge of California’s complicated bureaucracy gets results for the firm’s clients.
In addition to her tax and procurement work, Kate lobbies on behalf of varied interests before the Legislature and Administration in a wide array of industries including retailers, restaurants, education and mental health. Kate’s key relationships within Sacramento’s political structure and ability to navigate the complex dynamics between the two have proven invaluable to clients.
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. Utilizing her expertise to benefit the community, Kate has also helped clients on a pro bono basis, recently securing Governor Brown’s signature on legislation to make it harder to sell illegal/synthetic drugs in California.
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. She received her MBA with an emphasis in public policy from California State University, Sacramento. Nominated to participate in the American Council of Young Political Leaders program, Kate traveled to Nicaragua and El Salvador to meet with the country’s political leaders and continues to travel and engage in civic responsibilities to better the community at large. Kate resides in Sacramento with her husband and their two children.