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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ditas Katague-Keynote Speaker for Rose Institute


The following news item was written by Mike Whatley and published by Rose Institute, Claremont Mckenna College, Claremnont, California on October 9, 2009.

Ditas Katague to Deliver Keynote Address at Rose Institute Redistricting Conference

The Rose Institute is pleased to announce that Ditas Katague will deliver the keynote address at the “Redistricting, The 2010 Census, and Your Budget” Conference being held October 15th at Claremont McKenna College. Ms. Katague, the Director of Census 2010, California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, will speak at the 12:15 lunch addressing the importance and fiscal impact of a Complete Count and ongoing preparations for the 2010 Census.

Ms. Katague has more than twenty years of experience at federal, state and local government agencies. She has recently joined the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research where she serves as Director of Census 2010 – overseeing and directing the statewide outreach and coordination for the U.S. Decennial Census 2010. She builds upon her experience as Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Decennial Census 2000, where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations for the $24.7 million grass-roots outreach campaign. Leading this successful statewide grass-roots outreach effort, she managed a team of over 40 people running all campaign aspects including outreach, marketing and communications, media relations and the general administration of contracts to counties, community based organizations and schools.

Before joining the Census 2010 effort, she was First Vice President, State and Local Government Affairs of Countrywide Mortgage where she managed and maintained legislative coverage and activities in the top tier western states (20 states), lobbied state and local laws and regulations that impact the corporation’s priority business objectives. Ms. Katague also was the Assistant Treasurer for the Countrywide PAC and manages all political contributions and reporting.

Ms. Katague was the Assistant Secretary at the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, where she had management and policy oversight of Departments including the Department of Corporations, Department of Financial Institutions, Department of Transportation, the California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles, Housing and Community Development, California Housing Finance Agency, and Department of Real Estate. Ms. Katague led several Agency initiatives including Home Ownership and Financial Literacy, the Governor’s Economic Summit, and she was the Binational Coordinator for Goods Movement/Transportation Border issues after 9/11.

Ms. Katague was also a manager for Deloitte Consulting’s Public Sector practice in New Jersey & Sacramento where she provided project management, business process improvement, reorganization and transition management, change leadership, communications and public relations consulting services. In the non-profit sector, Ditas worked under the California Hospital Association as the Program Director for the non-profit California Telemedicine & eHealth Center where she helped the non-profit revamp their regranting, mentoring and marketing & outreach programs.

Ms. Katague received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and Practice of Art from UC Berkeley and her Master of Public Administration in Organization Development and Intergovernmental Management from the University of Southern California’s School of Policy Planning and Development. Ms. Katague’s husband Nick Thompson is the Director of Safety Policy at the California Trucking Association and they have a 6 year old daughter, Carenna.

Note: Ditas is my youngest daughter. As her father, I am very proud of her accomplishments. If you are a member of the Filipino-American community in California and other parts of the United States, you should also be proud of her accomplishments,I hope. I also hope that Ditas achievements can inspire all second generation Filipino-Americans in their search for a better and successful life here in the United States. Comments will be appreciated.

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