Matthew Cate is the President of Cate Consulting. The firm specializes in the fields of corrections, rehabilitation, public safety, and local government. Prior to this position, he was the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), providing advocacy, educational, and financial services to California’s 58 counties. He also served for more than four years, under two governors, as Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. As Corrections Secretary, Mr. Cate was instrumental in implementing sweeping reforms to the Department that resulted in reduced recidivism, the end of the prison overcrowding crises, reduced prison spending, and the historic realignment of many public safety services from the State to the County level.During Governor JerryBrown’s administration, Mr. Cate also served asChairman of the Board of State and Community Corrections and the Prison Industry Authority. In addition, in 2010, Mr. Cate was elected by his national peers as Regional President of the Association of State Correctional Administrators.
Prior to his appointment as Secretary, Mr. Cate served for four years as the California Inspector General where he was responsible for public oversight of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Since2007, he has also served on the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board and was responsible for reporting on the progress made by the Department in providing effective rehabilitative programs to California’s inmates and parolees. Prior to becoming California’s Inspector General, Mr. Cate served asa state and local prosecutor.From 1996 to 2004, he held the position of Deputy Attorney General at the California Department of Justice. In 2003, while working on federal fraud and corruption matters, Mr. Cate was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney.From 1994 to 1996, Mr. Cate was a Deputy District Attorney for Sacramento County.He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Linfield College and his juris doctor degree from the University of Oregon.