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"What I appreciate most about Charles is that he brought a much greater value to the project (Merced Integrated Regional Water Plan) than a typical facilitator through his in-depth understanding of water issues in California. His style is effective in that he keeps you on track but encourages productive and topical discussions that keep you on time and budget.”
Alyson Watson, President
RMC Water and Environment
Put our expertise to work for you. At CATALYST, we are proud to have received the following recognition for our collaborative approach to help clients find solutions to thorny problems.
"Charles and Catalyst are very dynamic in working with people and groups. They are expert at bringing people together to find common ground. They take very complex problems and break them down in to manageable pieces, all in a solution-oriented manner. Catalyst excels at seeing the big picture and interconnections and helping others solve problems by seeing things in new ways."
Shana Kaplan, Chief of Staff
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region
"Charles is a great facilitator and consensus builder. His approach is organized, thoughtful, and always balanced. He’s also an excellent writer and fact-checker, able to take complex issues and make them accessible to diverse audiences."
Pete Weber
California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley
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"Charles goes beyond the project assignment to understand our organization and our mission and objectives. As a result, he identified creative ways to guide the project through the approval processes and support our long-term objectives."

Marguerite Patil
Special Assistant to the General Manager
Contra Costa Water District
What Our Clients Are Saying
"Catalyst is exceptional at analyzing complex projects with a clear understanding of each element and where it fits in the big picture. Similarly, they truly understand multiple points of view, which leads to outcomes that receive widespread support."
Libby Pischel, Public Information Officer (retired)
Marin Municipal Water District
"Charles has a unique ability to work with technical teams and stakeholders to identify and evaluate problems and potential solutions. He evaluates all of the important considerations and helps us make better, more-informed decisions."
"Charles has an exceptional talent for reopening the dialogue when participants begin to hunker down into their positions. He keeps the big picture in mind even as he zeroes in on potential solutions, and is relentlessly fair-minded. His optimism is an essential ingredient in keeping difficult discussions moving forward."
Jason Phillips, former Deputy Regional Director
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region
Doug Wallace, Environmental Affairs Officer
East Bay Municipal Utilities District
"Charles is a problem solver of the first order. He leads with diplomacy, keen intelligence, and an incredible work ethic. Perhaps most importantly, he is a true collaborator and a pleasure to work with."
Julie Dixon, Senior Program Director
Resource Media