Cathy McCague


With over 20 years of experience in public policy, Cathy McCague is a skilled professional in the fields of natural resources, environment and transportation for the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Cathy has a knack for making people feel at ease and valuing each person’s unique perspective. This is a true skill that has allowed Cathy to tackle complex and contentious issues requiring delicate facilitation and communication to foster engagement, seek collaboration and reach consensus. Her work has touched a broad range of issues — from developing a corporate leadership program on sustainability, to managing an advisory board on how to clean up the nation’s most polluted lands, to identifying feasible transportation improvements for safety and quality of life.

Most recently, Cathy worked at the High Line Canal Conservancy where she launched a program to transform the 71-mile irrigation canal for stormwater quality management. In collaboration with 11 jurisdictional partners, she led a technical advisory committee in planning and implementing stormwater projects in the Canal to capture the benefits of green stormwater infrastructure. She also guided the committee through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Augmented Alternatives Analysis process that incorporates community priorities into the decision-making framework for project alternatives.

A native of Colorado, Cathy never tires of seeing the majestic Rocky Mountains each and every day.

  • Master of Public Policy, University of Denver

  • Bachelor of Arts in political science with a French minor, Colorado State University

  • Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France