Mayor elect (2014 and 2015) Menlo Park City, Silicon Valley
Catherine Carlton is serving her second term on the Menlo Park City Council, elected as Mayor in 2014 and 2015. Catherine helped found CFLD in North America, and currently serves as the Vice President of Public Affairs.
Catherine worked in the TV and tech industries in the UK. She then lived in Greater China for over ten years, serving as the Founder and Managing Director for Digital Island in the Asia Pacific Australia region, which was the largest data centre company in Asia at that time. She also helped found Equant, BIM and other start-up companies in the region. Catherine sat on the American Chamber of Commerce board, and taught a seminar MBA class at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Catherine then helped found and ran a China consulting business, Search Bank, before she married and moved to Silicon Valley.
Catherine sits on the boards of various government entities and non-profit companies, and is a founding board member of Peninsula Choice Energy, a green electric company serving twenty cities in San Mateo County. She worked with state legislators, authoring bills against human trafficking that were passed into California state law in 2012. California Governor Brown appointed Catherine to the board of a division of the Department of Consumer Affairs in 2012, and re-appointed her in 2016. She also consults and advises start-up companies internationally.
Catherine received her BA in Communications from Tulane University, her Master’s Degree in Marketing from the University of Westminster, and her MBA from the Cass Business School in London.