Tell your story with clarity and intention
Build and sustain productive partnerships
Hold space for divergent viewpoints and constructive dialogue Navigate complexity for efficient decisions and results
Grow your capacity to listen and lead
We invite you to explore our project highlights or visit our projects page for an in-depth look at how we have helped our clients succeed.
SITES JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY
STRATEGIC PLAN AND PLAN OF FINANCE
How do you sustain a partnership among 23 organizations and secure investment commitments for a $4 billion water storage project? You develop a strategic plan to align individual partners and focus the organization on success. With Sites Joint Powers Authority (JPA), we designed a strategic plan to keep the partners on track and deliver water supply for the environment, agriculture, and municipalities across California. The strategic plan embeds the high-level project goals, as well as the vision, mission, and values of the partners into the entire organization. We also structured project financing discussions so each partner could fully understand the benefits and costs, and how they will pay for it, deepening their commitment to this unique statewide partnership.
SAN MATEO COUNTY OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY
How can community leaders communicate more effectively and inclusively about climate change and sea level rise while engaging communities and businesses in solutions? We helped staff from the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability, as well as local elected officials, with this challenge by conducting comprehensive training and developing a communications toolkit. The foundation of effective climate communications begins with common ground—the values people share across cultures, ideologies, and social strata. Building on this foundation, leaders can be more strategic, more engaging, and more effective about the challenges we face and the investments we need.
COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER
The CV-SALTS program redesigned the regulatory process for groundwater quality in the Central Valley to ensure regulators, permittees, and communities are focused on providing safe drinking water where nitrate contamination poses a public health threat. Our job was to make sense of these new regulations for the program partners, the regulated businesses, and affected communities. Working with the partners, we developed a new focus for the program website, information materials for members to distribute, and workshops to engage and inform the regulated community. Our next challenge in this ongoing project is to support long-term studies to manage salt accumulation in the Valley, which threatens the region’s economy in the longer term.
CONTACT THE CATALYST GROUP
Have a communications challenge? Need help aligning your goals and strategy? Looking to improve how your team, partners, stakeholders, or community work together? Contact us for strategic planning, communications, and collaboration support.