Matt Cate

Board Member

Matthew Cate served for five years as the Executive Director of the California State Association of Counties. In that role, Mr. Cate oversaw an influential association that represents California’s 58 counties at both the state and federal level. Before serving at CSAC, Mr. Cate served both Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown and the Secretary of the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. In this role, 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 the Brown administration, Mr. Cate also served as Chairman 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. Prior to becoming California’s Inspector General, Mr. Cate served as a state and local prosecutor. In 2012, Mr. Cate joined Stanford University School of Law as a Law and Policy Fellow.