CHORUS Agency is a team of experienced campaign strategists and organizers who are providing pro bono support to help elect exceptional leaders who will work for equity, opportunity, inclusion, and justice.
Kate Catherall is currently a Senior Vice President with 270 Strategies. With nearly a decade of experience in campaigns, Kate has worked with candidates, political parties, and organizations from more than 40 countries to develop their organizational strategy and leadership development programs. Most recently, her portfolio has focused in the domains of issue advocacy and civic engagement. Kate has facilitated advanced-level trainings in more than 20 cities across the US, Africa, Asia, Europe, Central America, and the Middle East.
For the last three years, Kate has served as a reviewer for the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge. In 2016, Kate partnered with the Knight Foundation as the co-author of a study on sparking civic engagement entitled, “The Role of Human Relationship in Moving People to Action.”
While recently Kate has focused mainly on causes, her roots are in electoral organizing. She has worked five election cycles including a congressional campaign, a gubernatorial campaign, a senate campaign, and two presidential campaigns. Prior to joining 270, Kate served as Deputy Field Director for President Obama’s 2012 campaign in Florida. There she built and managed a staff of 240 organizers who recruited more than 80,000 volunteers and registered 110,000 voters in the final ten months before the deadline.
Kate holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater and Drama from Indiana University, and is a native of Chicago. She speaks conversational Swahili, having lived and taught in East Africa sporadically since 2006. Kate currently resides in San Francisco - a great place to nerd out on behavioral science and design thinking. She enjoys film, the arts, and being outside.
Luis Avila served most recently as a Senior Vice President on the Engagement Team at 270 Strategies. Prior to that, he was the national program director at Stand for Children, a nonprofit grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to improving public school education, where he worked with immigrant parents to mobilize thousands of voters to protect funding for their children's schools. While at Stand, he was awarded its National Leadership Award for his work supporting, coaching, and developing organizers around the country.
Luis was a field organizer in New Mexico for President Obama's 2008 campaign and field director at Arizona State University's ADA Parent Education Program, where he oversaw a program that united parents and teachers to transform the educational experiences of children at home and at school. Luis serves on the executive board at the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and is on the board of TNTP, an organization focused on ending the injustice of educational inequality. Additionally, he is a NextGen Fellow at the Pahara-Aspen Institute. Luis was recognized in 2009 by Latino Perspectives Magazine as one of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 for his work in education and parental involvement programs for low-income families. Luis also received the Latino Advocacy Champion Award in 2014 by Profiles of Success for his work in the defense of immigrant rights.
Born in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico, Luis founded a youth publication in Queretaro at the age of 16 to give students a chance to voice their opinions on social and political issues. His passion for giving others a voice eventually brought him to the United States, where he has spent the better part of his career working to improve the quality of life for people in his community by expanding access to quality education.
Luis has worked as a writer, director, and actor in both theater and film, and hosted radio shows in Phoenix, AZ including the Spanish-language Sin Mordaza on 1190 AM and the bilingual youth show El Break on 95.1 FM. He enjoys volunteering at his local library in his free time and can be found on the weekends exploring his new neighborhood in Oakland.