Who We Are

Cater Communications is designed to be small but flexible, with a team of experts on contract according to client need. We are former reporters, television correspondents, high-level political appointees, writers and marketing and public relations professionals.


Our Team

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Morrow Cater

President and Founding Principal

Morrow Cater

President and Founding Principal

Morrow Cater is the President and Founding Principal of Cater Communications. She has more than 25 years of experience in communications, journalism and public policy. For over a decade, she produced nationally acclaimed award-winning films on important social and political issues for PBS Frontline and ABC News. She won an Emmy Award for Individual Achievement in Research, as well as the DuPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for “High Crimes and Misdemeanors,” a PBS Frontline 90 minute special with Bill Moyers on the Iran Contra scandal. Prior to that, she was a reporter at The National Journal magazine and The Anniston Star . She worked as Deputy Press Secretary to Congressman Timothy E. Wirth in two congressional campaigns.

Throughout her career, Cater has focused on the critical role communications play in achieving social change. She served as Executive Director of Environmental Media Services West (EMS West) a nationwide non-profit communications organization dedicated to expanding and improving the quantity and quality of media coverage of environmental and public health issues. Since 1994, she has designed and implemented strategic initiatives and long-term projects for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors. Cater holds an A.B. in Political Theory and Religion from Harvard College. She lives with her husband, Peter Scheer and four children in San Rafael, California.

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Steven E. Moore

Senior Advisor

Steven E. Moore

Senior Advisor

Steven Moore is a San Diego-based political strategist who has worked in some of the world’s most challenging environments, ranging from Iraq after the fall of Saddam to Capitol Hill during the Tea Party wave.

Moore spent nearly eight years as Chief of Staff to Congressman Peter J. Roskam, at the time the Chief Deputy Whip and fourth-ranking Member of leadership in the House of Representatives.  In that capacity, Moore had a hand in dozens of House races in the 2010 election cycle that returned Republicans to control of the House of Representatives, providing strategic guidance, fundraising assistance and grassroots support to candidates nationwide.

After helping the class of 2010 win a historic majority, Moore became part of the Republican Whip team, charged with strategizing on how to get the unruly freshmen Tea Party class to vote with the leadership agenda. As such, he became an expert on the political dynamics within the House Republican Conference. As one of a handful of staff with access to the floor of the House of Representatives, Moore established personal relationships with more than a hundred Republican members of the House.

As a campaign strategist, Moore excelled in creating messaging and strategies to appeal to swing voters. In Roskam’s first election in 2006, he prevailed by two points in a campaign where $10 million was spent against him.  Under Moore’s leadership in 2008, in President Obama’s wave year in Obama’s home state of Illinois, Roskam won his first re-election by 17 points, outperforming the Republican presidential candidate by 16 points.

Moore also helped redesign constituent communications for House Republicans, incorporating data mining techniques to improve efficiency of communication. In 2011, Campaigns & Elections Magazine awarded Moore the “CampaignTech Innovator of the Year” award for his efforts. By helping design the systems for constituent communications, Moore has unique insights into the most effective grassroots tactics for influencing Congress.

Moore got his start in California politics, where he worked in various capacities on numerous statewide and local races. His first paying job was on a statewide education reform initiative in 1993. In 1994, Moore was campaign manager for a statewide race. In the late nineties, Moore worked for the Mayor of San Diego. In 2005, Moore created a digital strategy for Governor Schwarzenegger’s reform initiatives. In that same year, Moore was part of the strategy team for a San Diego Mayor’s race and a state assembly race.

In addition to his domestic political work, he was also among the first civilians in Iraq after the fall of Saddam, where he conducted polls and focus groups of Iraqis that informed governing policy in Iraq by the Coalition Forces general staff. In total, Moore has worked politically in eight countries.

Moore has written opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune and the City Journal. He has appeared as a commentator on Fox News, MSNBC and as a guest on ABC’s Nightline.  Moore has also been profiled in The Hill and in Roll Call.

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Natalie Pawelski

Vice President, East

Natalie Pawelski

Vice President, East

Natalie Pawelski, vice president of Cater Communications East, is our senior writer and editor. She works on everything from strategic message development to op-eds, speeches, web copy and social media posts, telling clients’ stories in ways that advance their goals.

As CNN’s environment correspondent and host of the award-winning program Earth Matters, Natalie reported from the White House to Yellowstone and from Appalachia to Times Square. Her work was also featured on CNN.com, CNN Radio, and CNN International. Natalie was elected to the board of directors of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and served on boards for the Radio and Television News Directors Foundation and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.

Before joining Cater Communications, Natalie was vice consul for political, press, and public affairs at the British Consulate-General in Atlanta. Her responsibilities included strategic planning, public diplomacy, crisis communication, and producing videos for the Foreign Office.

Natalie was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, earned a master’s in journalism from Columbia, and graduated cum laude from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She taught at Oglethorpe University, and has spoken at colleges and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Natalie and her husband, John Rogers, live with their fabulous daughter in Atlanta.

 

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Carina Daniels

Assistant Vice President

Carina Daniels

Assistant Vice President

Assistant Vice President Carina Daniels works with a variety of organizations interested in bridging the political divide on climate change and clean energy, while also serving as part of Cater Communications’ management team.

On behalf of conservative organizations and national legislators’ groups, Carina has organized tours by retired admirals and generals who explain the links between energy policy and national security. She has coordinated private meetings and public events with politicians, government officials, voters and the media, securing coverage in television, radio, print and online news outlets across the country.

Working with climate scientists, Carina has arranged media tours and desk-side background briefings on topics including the politics of climate change and the connection between climate change and extreme weather.

Carina’s public relations career started with the Think Outside the Bottle campaign at the University of California-Berkeley, where she earned degrees in English Literature and in Conservation and Resource Studies. She went on to work for the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland and Pacific Environment. Carina lives in Philadelphia.

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Sage Welch

Senior California Director

Sage Welch

Senior California Director

Senior California Director Sage Welch joined the Cater team with over a decade of international experience in research, advocacy and communications under her belt.

Sage became passionate about engaging policy-makers on climate change and energy issues while building an ecological justice program for Good Shepherd, an NGO in Melbourne, Australia. She helped build a coalition uniting a wide range of faith and economic-inclusion organizations with the environmental sector, culminating in the passage of legislation that kick-started Australia’s clean economy. Before that, Sage refined her research, communications and policy skills as research officer and foundation manager of a non-profit publisher of educational resources.

Sage graduated summa cum laude from Vermont Law School with a master’s degree in environmental law and policy. She worked with the Tennessee Environmental Council and Healthy Energy campaign, organizing legislative outreach and building community support for energy efficiency measures in Nashville.

Sage earned a bachelor’s in history and politics from the University of Melbourne.

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Chelsea Henderson

Senior Consultant

Chelsea Henderson

Senior Consultant

Washington-based Senior Consultant Chelsea Henderson has 20 years of experience striking bipartisan compromise on federal energy and environmental policy. Chelsea has worked on and off Capitol Hill with lawmakers, officials, and an array of stakeholders, from the regulated community to environmentalists.

Prior to launching her own consulting firm, Chelsea Henderson Ventures, Chelsea was executive vice president at McBee Strategic Consulting, where she provided advocacy services to Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits and investors advancing new energy technologies. Before that, she was a partner and senior associate for Vela Environmental, where she advised clients on legislative and administrative action on energy policy and climate change.

Chelsea served as senior policy advisor for then-Senator John Warner (R-VA) during his push to enact climate change legislation. She also worked as a professional staffer to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee during the chairmanships of the late Sen. John H. Chafee (R-RI) and former Sen. Bob Smith (R-NH).

Chelsea is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Education. In her free time, she blogs, writes novels, teaches yoga, and parents her perpetually hungry preteen boys.

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Christina Haro Heartquist

Project Director

Christina Haro Heartquist

Project Director

 

Christina Heartquist’s title is project director, but as Cater Communications’ ultimate utility player, she does a bit of everything. Her work ranges from leading projects to pitching news media to planning events, and she has worked with all kinds of clients, from local businesses to national nonprofits.

A diligent researcher and planner who specializes in bringing in events on time and under budget, Christina develops and executes strategic communication plans, works on websites, manages grant money, helps clients with social media outreach, and travels across the country on behalf of Cater clients.

Christina started her career as a public relations assistant at the publishing company Harper San Francisco. She earned a B.A. in English from Dominican University, winning an academic excellence award for writing and publishing. Christina and her husband Tim live in Novato, California, but they’re too busy kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, and camping to be home much.

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Sarah Golden

Campaigns & Digital Director

Sarah Golden

Campaigns & Digital Director

Campaigns & Digital Director Sarah Golden develops creative communication campaigns, from mapping out strategy to implementing powerful social media plans shaped around clients’ branding and goals.

Sarah has worked on climate policy on the state, national and international levels. As the Overseas Development Institute in London, she researched climate finance and investment for the European Commission Department DG CLIMA and handled media relations for multilateral climate conferences. She worked on water and land- use issues as a paralegal in Wyoming, served as legislative aide for Oregon state Sen. Alan Bates, and researched market and policy-based energy solutions for an energy consulting firm in Seattle.

A multimedia journalist by training, Sarah is the author of the social and digital media section of the award-winning book The Campaign Manager. She holds a B.A. in Politics and Environmental Studies from Whitman College, and was an Annenberg Dean’s Scholar at the University of Southern California, where she earned an M.A. in Journalism.

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Cristen Farley

Visual Communications Director

Cristen Farley

Visual Communications Director

Visual Communications Director Cristen Farley brings a wide range of skills and techniques to her work, which ranges from designing digital and print advertising campaigns to visualizing complex data in digestible formats. She designs reports and other deliverables in print and digital formats, develops branding, and handles all things visual, from photo editing to social-media memes.

With five years of experience in graphic design, Cristen is passionate about making a positive difference through her creative talents. She strives to break the barrier between information and target audiences through use of visual aesthetics. Her design work is more than what you see at first glance; it’s strategic, and every detail has purpose. As architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe put it, “God is in the details.”

Cristen earned a degree from California State University, Chico. In her free time, she loves hand lettering, can doodle for hours on end, and secretly likes sci-fi books by James Patterson.

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Lily Crane

Senior Associate

Lily Crane

Senior Associate

Project Associate Lily Crane joined Cater Communications in 2015, with a deep interest in the intersection of climate action and communications. Lily developed an interest in clean energy and climate policy while minoring in environmental studies at Colby College in Maine.

Lily graduated from Colby cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology. She spent three years working for the admissions office, which is where her interest in public relations was born. She also served as a member of the Pugh Community Board, where she facilitated events designed to promote multicultural communication and understanding.

 

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Ben Wexler-Waite

Consultant

Ben Wexler-Waite

Consultant

Ben Wexler-Waite has worked in senior communications roles on a number of high-profile political campaigns. During the 2016 election, he was the Press Secretary on one of the closest Governor’s races in the country and served as the Deputy Press Secretary on U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s successful reelection campaign against Scott Brown, one of the only Democratic victories of the 2014 midterm elections.

Ben also worked as the Communications Director for a New York State Senator representing Manhattan who serves as the ranking member of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee.

While most of Ben’s experience is in politics, he has a deep appreciation for food and cares deeply about the future of our food system, having done work for both an organic farm and a social impact business in New York City that provides made from scratch school lunches to over 150 schools on the National School Lunch Program.

Ben grew up in New York City and graduated from Colby College in Maine with a degree in Government. While in college, he interned in the Press Office of now U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, served as President of the College Democrats and founded Colby’s only political publication, which features op-eds from students of all political backgrounds.

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Cortney Piper

Senior consultant

Cortney Piper

Senior consultant

Cortney Piper is a senior consultant for Cater Communications in Tennessee. She also serves as a political commentator for Tennessee this Week, an East Tennessee ABC affiliate’s political roundtable.

Piper co-founded Tennessee Business Leaders for a Clean Energy Economy. She was also part of the Cater Communications team that created strategic communications plans for similar business networks over a 15 state region, to amplify the voice of the clean energy industry during federal climate and energy debates. The networks collectively totaled over a thousand companies representing a broad spectrum of industry and commerce.

As a result of her expertise in the clean energy industry, the office of U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu called on Piper to assemble a clean energy business roundtable during his recent trip to Memphis.

An active member of her community, Cortney sits on the board of the East Tennessee Economic Council and the University of Tennessee Political Science Board of Advisors. She also chairs the City of Knoxville’s Better Building Board and is a member of the Energy, Technology and Environmental Business Association’s government relations committee.

Cortney graduated cum laude from the University of Tennessee, with degrees in Political Science and Sociology. She was a scholarship student athlete (Lady Vol), co-captain of the swim team and received all SEC academic honors.

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Roxanna Smith

Senior Consultant

Roxanna Smith

Senior Consultant

Roxanna Smith has worked extensively on vehicle fuel economy and clean cars media campaigns, engaging with nontraditional messengers including auto dealers, consumer experts, Republicans and others to tout the economic, health, consumer and national security benefits of cleaner cars. Roxanna led successful media campaigns that supported the passage of the California Clean Cars Program, the federal 54.5-mpg fuel economy standard and the federal 35-mpg by 2020 campaign. Roxanna regularly employs social media tactics to do direct outreach to reporters, promote clients, and forward ideas.

Before joining the Cater Communications team in 2007, Roxanna worked for nearly a decade across the country in the television news industry as an award-winning producer, writer and reporter. While working for FOX61 in Hartford, Roxanna was nominated for a Boston/New England Emmy Award for Best Newscast. During her time at NBC33 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Roxanna did a series of reports that sparked a state Attorney General’s investigation and a second series that sparked a change in local city codes. She won an Associated Press Award for Investigative Journalism for her efforts. Roxanna graduated with honors from Indiana University with degrees in Journalism and English Literature.