Kathy joined PDG in 2009 and spearheads the firm’s legislative and regulatory efforts on behalf of our clients. She was named the ‘Best Female Lobbyist’ by the Arizona Capitol Times in 2011 and in 2014, she and her husband Paul were named the ‘Power Couple’ of the year by the Arizona Capitol Times. Kathy’s-start-to-finish knowledge of the legislative process coupled with her keen ability to navigate complex and dynamic situations have made her one of Arizona’s most effective and admired lobbyists. She advises and assists clients with regulatory matters at various agencies, municipalities, and at the Arizona Corporation Commission. Kathy started her career in the California legislature working as policy staff in the Assembly and Senate. During her time in California she ran several high-profile legislative races. Upon moving to Arizona, she took the helm of the Fiscal Accountability and Reform Efforts Committee (FARE). This organization was a product of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the then Phoenix 40. Its focus was fiscal accountability and budget reform measures at the state capitol. Following her tenure there, she joined Southwest Gas where she headed up many of the company’s key state and local government affairs initiatives for ten years before joining PDG.
Kathy is currently an Executive Committee Member on the Board of Wildfire (formerly the Arizona Community Action Association) and serves as the Chair of the Home Energy Assistance Fund (HEAF). In 2012, she was appointed by the Governor and received Senate confirmation to serve on the State Charter School Board where she served for seven years, three of those as President. Kathy is also a past Chairman of the Board for the Challenger Space Center. She is a graduate of Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. In March of 2019, she was inducted into Pomona-Pitzer’s athletic hall of fame.