Cathie has more than 30 years of experience in the public relations/public affairs arena. Prior to founding her own public relations firm, The CBW Group, in 2005, Ms. Bennett Warner held management roles in several national public relations firms, including Burson Marsteller, Public Strategies, and Manning, Selvage & Lee.
Current clients include California Forward, California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative, in addition to Steep Hill, where Ms. Bennett Warner currently serves as the Director of Public Relations, providing strategic public and media relations counsel, external communications and social media management for the company, as an independent contractor.
Major projects that she has managed or served in a senior management role have included: The Women’s Conference (CA Governor and First Lady) from 1997-2007 on behalf of three CA Governors; the Governors’ Global Climate Summit on behalf of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger from 2008-2010; launch of the social on-line game SuperBetter at SXSW on behalf of the company SuperBetter and futurist Jane McGonigal; creation and execution of Drive the Dream, a public relations effort by the CA Plug-In Electric Vehicle Collaborative and Governor Jerry Brown to promote the purchase of electric vehicles in California; the Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Institute’s dinner to honor sustainability legend William McDonough featuring Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon; and the public relations launch for the Panama Pacific International Exposition’s Centennial Celebration at the Re-Opening of the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco on behalf of the CA Historical Society and its partners.
A graduate of The George Washington University, Cathie currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Marin General Hospital Foundation, where she was an inaugural Co-Chair of the reintroduction of the annual Gala and the San Domenico School, where she serves as the Chair of the Committee on Directors. Previously she served for 4 years as the Chair of the California Medical Assistance Commission. A breast cancer survivor, diagnosed with an aggressive cancer while pregnant, she has been a patient advocate and activist in the search for a cure for 26 years.