Katherine McLane

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Katherine McLane, Vice President for Communications and External Affairs, Livestrong Foundation. "Her tenure began in the fall of 2007, just in time to lead the Foundation's statewide media and outreach campaign for Proposition 15, an initiative that created the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas along with $3 billion in funds to support the Institute's efforts.

"Katherine served as press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Margaret Spellings in 2006 and 2007, promoting President Bush's signature bipartisan education law, No Child Left Behind. She led crisis communications and rapid response for the Department, and she created successful strategies to promote the Education Department's policies and practices.

"From 2003 to 2006, she served as key member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's campaign team and communications staff. As Deputy Communications Director and Deputy Press Secretary to the Governor, she helped build public outreach efforts, leading his web and social media teams, establishing stakeholder communications programs, authoring key message and opinion pieces, advising on international trips and leading media relations in the areas of education, military affairs, homeland security, federal relations, emergency response and the environment.

"Katherine's career began in Austin, Texas, at Public Strategies, Inc., a public affairs, crisis communications and public relations consulting firm. Working in the media division under Vice Chairman Mark McKinnon, she produced and consulted on regulatory campaign plans for leading clients. Katherine is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church." [1]


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  1. Livestrong Foundation Staff, organizational web page, accessed July 10, 2013.