Kate Eltrich, a veteran of the Obama Administration and Capitol Hill, is an expert on the federal budget. Her deep knowledge of the policy and fiscal pressures driving federal spending assists clients in understanding key trends and pinpointing opportunities to succeed in a constrained budget environment. Kate is an expert on the State Department and U.S. foreign assistance trends, priorities, and decision-making.
Kate began her career at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) during the Clinton Administration and was an advisor to OMB Directors Peter Orszag and Jack Lew during the Obama Administration. She developed strategies to help enact and coordinate implementation of President Obama’s legislative and budgetary priorities—including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and annual appropriations bills. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, she spent eight years working on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she served as professional staff and a subcommittee clerk—including for Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT)—developing the annual appropriations bill funding the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and various foreign assistance agencies.
“I help our clients reshape their approach and priorities so they can succeed in the current budget environment—while also demystifying how the budget works. To do that, you need to have an authoritative knowledge of the budget, be able to engage the players, and work within the process that informs the budget year after year. My firsthand understanding of the various drivers affecting the budget enables me to work with clients to craft a comprehensive strategy that reflects current budget realities and puts clients on the path to success.”
Kate joined Sixkiller Consulting in the lead-up to the Budget Control Act of 2011. She helped clients anticipate the immediate and long-term impact of the law on their bottom line and advised clients on ways to plan for sequestration’s across-the-board cuts. As spending caps remain the primary constrictor on the budget—and a major point of debate in Congress—Kate’s knowledge continues to help clients better anticipate shifting federal market opportunities and key targets.
Kate’s sound understanding of U.S. foreign assistance budgeting and the various programs of the Department of State, USAID, and other programs, supports clients working in the international affairs space. She is particularly proud of work to expand educational opportunities around the world and increase access to study abroad for Americans. Kate developed Sixkiller Consulting’s subscription publication, “Between the Lines,” as a regular review of the key fiscal and budget drivers in Congress and the Administration—taking the news one step further to what it means and how it could impact your business.