Founder & CEO, The Mach 1 Group
Katherine McLane is the founder and CEO of the Mach 1 Group, an award-winning Austin-based public affairs and relations firm. McLane is a communications expert, offering clients counsel to achieve their business goals. McLane’s all-female team has decades of experience successfully navigating media attention, crisis response, reputation management, branding, legislative and regulatory initiatives and campaigns. Under McLane’s direction, Mach 1 has advanced some of today’s most closely followed legislative causes, managed major media crises for some of the best-known brands in the U.S. and rebranded leading nonprofits. A veteran of California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration, a former press secretary for the U.S. Department ofEducation during the George W. Bush administration and former VP at the Livestrong Foundation, McLane’s roots are in Texas. She is a proud graduate of Texas A&M University and began her career in Austin where she works and lives with her husband and two sons.