I’ve worked with Cathi Douglas as a colleague and client for the last five years. She is an excellent writer and collaborator on projects ranging from drafting advertising copy to long form brand-building editorials. She does excellent research and turns work around very quickly. She is a pleasure to work with; glad to have her as an extension of our team.
Executive Director of Marketing & Communications
UCI Paul Merage School of Business
"I worked with Cathi Douglas on several major projects when I was the managing editor of custom content at the Orange County Register's parent company, Freedom Inc. Cathi was contracted to write a series of articles for our Bank of America and Downtown Santa Ana campaigns, which appeared in our newspaper and on our web-based platforms.
Cathi is a consummate professional with superlative writing and editing skills. On short notice, she is able to deliver thoroughly researched stories with excellent primary sources, and she quickly gains expertise in any subject area. Cathi is also intimately familiar with many aspects of Orange County, and she knows its history, culture and institutions very well.
One of Cathi's best qualities is her curiosity. She asks intelligent and probing questions, and her genuine interest in her subjects elevates her writing and makes it eminently readable. Her enthusiasm is infectious.
It almost goes without saying that Cathi is also meticulous and exacting in her work, finishing revisions promptly and offering suggestions when appropriate. She also works easily with others, even on a tight deadline.
Paul Hodgins, Managing Editor, Custom Content Division
Orange County Register
"I called Cathi at the last minute to request her writing services for our university magazine, and she delivered. Having worked as a university magazine editor for years, Cathi knew exactly what we needed. Her stories were well-written, clean of grammatical errors, and submitted before deadline. I appreciate her professionalism and passion for her work, and look forward to working with her again."
Amy Bentley-Smith, Associate Director, University Communications and Public Affairs
California State University, Dominguez Hills
"Cathi Douglas is a pro. I had the pleasure of working for her at Cal State Fullerton and it was truly an honor to collaborate with such a talented editor and writer. Cathi has a passion for the written word and over 35 years of journalism and public relations knowledge to help others hone their communications message. Her work on the signature publications at CSUF, such as Titan Magazine, garnered the university several awards and kudos from the higher education community. She has a deep knowledge of the region and a wonderful understanding of what helps a client's message get noticed. Cathi is a public relations and journalism professional who has a proven track record of providing strategic direction for publications, websites and periodicals."
Michael Mahi, Assistant Director, Media Relations and Social Engagement Specialist
Strategic Communications / Cal State Fullerton
"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Cathi for 12 years -- she's a proven talent and consummate professional. She’s committed to excellence and takes pride in her work. She won’t settle for anything less than her expectations and that of her clients. Cathi is also a good partner; she listens well to clients' expectations and goals, even if they’re not quite sure what they want. She’s very easy to work with and welcomes critiques and suggestions.
She cares deeply about the end product. Ultimately, she wants to make sure her clients are happy."
Mishu Vu, Art Director and Director of Web Services
Cal State Fullerton
"I've had the pleasure of working with Cathi Douglas for nearly 15 years. She is an excellent writer and a meticulous editor. She takes great pride in her work and puts her heart into everything she does. Cathi would be an asset to any organization looking to hire a top-quality communications professional."
Andi Stein, Professor, California State University, Fullerton
"Cathi Douglas Communications is a great addition to CO-OP's freelance writing resources. When Cathi is given an assignment, I know the writing is going to be first-rate, whether the subject matter is technical or brand-related, whether its long-form and detailed, or short and punchy. Her reliability and attention to client service also makes her a trusted business partner."
Bill Prichard, Senior Manager
Public Relations and Corporate Communications, CO-OP Financial Services
"Cathi is a proven leader in the field of public relations. Her extensive career has covered all the areas necessary to plan, implement and sustain a robust public relations program. Her writing experience is rooted in years of journalistic work. During her tenure at an agency, Cathi gained respect from her peers for developing effective communication strategies and tactics to drive clients' marketing initiatives. Cathi's years in managing editorial content for CSUF testify to her high level project managing skills. Overall, Cathi is a thought leader among public relations professionals in Southern California."
Doug Fleischli, PR Writer, Storyteller & Online Journalist
"I have known and worked with Cathi since she was a college student intern with me many years ago at a local magazine. In the years since, I have taught writing to hundreds of college students, and her work still stands out as exceptional. Later on, we worked together at Chapman University, where I saw her continued excellence as a writer, editor and PR professional. I have followed her career for many years and know that there are few individuals working in public relations today with her talent, insight and ability to craft stories that earn both media and audience attention."
Janell Shearer, APR, Chair, Media Arts Division
Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
"Cathi is the consummate public relations professional. She understands the importance of ROI strategies that produce bottom-line results. If you're looking for someone to deliver results on budget and by deadline, your search is over."
Dennis John Gaschen, APR, Fellow PRSA
Lecturer and PR Professional
"As an intern with Cal State Fullerton’s Strategic Communications Department, I had the opportunity to have Cathi as my supervisor. Cathi’s extensive knowledge and understanding of the university made her one of Cal State Fullerton’s treasures, as demonstrated in the superior quality of the publications she oversaw. Her excellent leadership style provides the right combination of allowing interns to work independently while providing daily direction and feedback. Her confidence and people skills put others at ease immediately. To this day, Cathi continues to mentor and inspire me in ways she probably doesn’t even know."
Jennifer Karmarkar, City Reporter
Orange County Register
"Cathi is a sharp editor. On her watch some of the University's most beautiful publications were produced, and the University's public messaging and profile rose several notches."
Board Member at Fullerton Collaborative
"As city editor of the Pasadena Star-News, I worked with Cathi Douglas, who led the city desk operation at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, in coordinating news coverage and managing editorial staff for our sister newspapers. Cathi is a consummate professional. She is creative, resourceful, reliable and a pleasure to work with. Her storytelling skills translate well into the development of signature publications. She has produced excellent marketing, fundraising, news products, as well as feature magazines, newsletters, collateral materials and websites. Businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, and civic and service organizations who take advantage of Cathi’s services will benefit greatly from her skills, experience, professionalism and business acumen."
Jerrianne Hayslett, author of Anatomy of a Trial, writer and former court information officer
"Cathi is a first-rate writer and editor. It was always a great treat to receive the latest issue of the Titan Magazine in the mail -- one of the very few alumni magazines that is truly engaging."
Kathy Barton, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives,
School of Medicine at University of California, Riverside