CATHERINE MCDERMOTT has been working in governmental affairs and policy development for over ten years, across two different states and in a variety of roles. Prior to joining Hamilton Consulting in 2014, Caty worked as a grants analyst in the Executive Office at the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), providing high-level analysis and research of federal housing and economic development programs and policies.
Before joining WHEDA, Caty worked for three years as a state budget analyst in the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management (OPM). While at OPM, Caty was responsible for the budget and policy development for several large state programs including health and social service programs, housing, heating assistance and rehabilitation services. In this role, she managed and forecasted costs for contracts associated with Medicaid and negotiated on behalf of the administration the department’s enrollment projections and cost share related to the state Health Insurance Exchange. Caty was actively involved in the development of several state agency consolidations, working as a liaison between agency commissioners and budget officials to implement administrative service mergers and program consolidations.
Adding to her diverse experiences in government, Caty held a position in city government. She provided research and analysis on education legislation and school financing alternatives for the New Haven Board of Education. While in Connecticut, Caty also interned with a prominent lobbying firm, preparing research and bill summaries for clients.
Before moving out east, Caty worked at a Madison lobbying firm managing a statewide trade association, the Wisconsin Association of Mortgage Brokers. In this role, she created and wrote the association’s first electronic newsletter to inform members of pertinent state and federal legislation and coordinated a statewide public relations campaign to educate the public about how to find an accredited mortgage professional.
Caty received her Master of Public Administration and Certificate in Public Financial Management from the University of Connecticut. During graduate school, she served as the President for the Graduate Association of Public Policy Students and was a member of the Phi Alpha Alpha Honor Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science and English. Currently, Caty volunteers on the gala committee for the Wisconsin Women in Government. She lives in Monona, Wisconsin, with her husband, two daughters and black lab.