Jennifer Webster is an accomplished government and public affairs strategist. She began her career on Capitol Hill and honed her skills working in all levels of government and in a range of industry boardrooms. Jennifer counts an impressive number of wins among her many professional successes including the passage of statewide transportation funding measures and delivery of major, multi-billion energy and transportation infrastructure projects. Jennifer specializes in developing and executing effective public affairs and stakeholder outreach strategies.
Known for her ability to build successful coalitions, develop strategic community support, and guide clients through difficult issues, Jennifer brings a wealth of government and community relations expertise to the team.
Prior to founding Catalyst Public Affairs, Jennifer directed government and public affairs in the west for Pioneer Natural Resources – a large, independent oil and gas company. She previously served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and was Director of the Policy and Government Relations Office at the Colorado Department of Transportation and Secretary to the Colorado Transportation Commission.
Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and she and her family make their home in Denver, CO.
Sara Goodwin has more than 25 years of strategic communications and public relations experience with a unique combination of professional roles in agency, corporate, nonprofit, association, consultative and quasi-governmental settings. Sara’s highly collaborative spirit offers distinct value to Catalyst and its clients, and in her role she provides strategic communications direction, as well as the development and direction of a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) client service through strategic partnerships and social impact storytelling.
Prior to joining the Catalyst team, Sara served as the Communications Director for the Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) where she provided strategic communications direction for the organization and its programs.
Preceding the RAQC, Sara founded Goodwin Communications Inc., where she used her last name as a guide – GOOD for community, WIN for business – to consult clients on public relations and marketing communications programs. Sara also directed communications strategy for a national trade association and the consumer public relations program for the iconic Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. campaign.
Sara holds a master’s degree in Technical Communications from Colorado State University, bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Colorado, and a Certificate in CSR from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.
Whitney has extensive expertise in strategic communications, including content development for websites, social media, and media relations as well as experience in client management, community relations, event and campaign management.
She specializes in planning, managing, and executing client projects, including building out robust social media content strategies and developing strategic communication plans to enhance Catalyst’s client brands and images. Additionally, her ability to cultivate wide-ranging relationships with the Colorado media allow her to build and execute on impactful media relations strategies for clients.
In previous roles, Whitney supported the team with social media development, setting up and managing organizational programs for Catalyst, and providing graphic design support. Whitney has participated in several issue campaigns, including stakeholder outreach and mobilization efforts, coalition building, collateral distribution, social media and earned media efforts, and creating and proofing content. Additionally, she effectively coordinated event logistics and volunteer efforts for corporate client partners’ community relations efforts.
Whitney is a proud alumna of Point Loma Nazarene University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Writing. She’s an active member of the There With Care Young Professionals Board and involved in her church and community. She believes giving back is a key element to a successful life.
Becky O’Brien is a Senior Coalition & Advocacy Coordinator with Catalyst Public Affairs. Becky graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a degree in History and English. While earning her degree, Becky focused her studies on both Colorado history as well as the history of international affairs and domestic policy. She specializes in writing and research with an emphasis on current events and public affairs.
At Catalyst, Becky works hard to build a broad base of bipartisan support for both local and state issues through grassroots advocacy and activism. She engages in stakeholder and small business owner outreach and management, as well as coalition building and mobilization. Working at Catalyst gives Becky the unique opportunity to surround herself with those whose experiences and industry knowledge she can learn from and aspire toward. She values the exceptional and collaborative work environment Catalyst provides, giving her opportunities to grow in both the field and in the office. As a fifth-generation Colorado native, Becky is thrilled to be working on projects throughout the state and engaging with small business owners and fellow Coloradans.
Outside of the office, Becky enjoys hiking Colorado’s extensive trails, skiing across the Rockies, and taking advantage of everything this beautiful state has to offer!
Megan is a Coalition & Advocacy Coordinator for Catalyst Public Affairs. Megan is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Literature. Megan has previously worked with college campuses throughout the state of Minnesota advocating for state grants, voter outreach, and diversity and inclusion. Megan is a Colorado native and enjoys playing with her dog, working out, and going on hikes with her friends.
Jaelen is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, Ft. Collins with a Bachelors in Communication Studies and Political Science. She has experience working in legislative politics for the past two state legislative sessions and has worked to help pass extensive legislation focusing on improving state economy and social/ cultural inclusivity. Jaelen is a proud native of Pueblo, Colorado. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking her dog, and caring for plants.
Justin is a Coalition & Advocacy Coordinator for Catalyst Public Affairs. Justin joins the team as a graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelors in Political Science and Business, with a focus on public policy and political behavior. During his time in Nevada, Justin worked to engage the Northern Nevada community in their local and state elections by leading volunteer teams, registering voters, and providing information on upcoming community events and elections. In his free time Justin enjoys baseball and spending time outdoors with friends.