Hi!

We are a small consulting firm based in the Pacific Northwest. We help community-based organizations, unions, workers, and justice-driven campaigns build power and win. We work exclusively with progressive clients, and offer a sliding-scale fee rate for organizations led by people from historically marginalized communities.

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What we do:

 
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Field Kit

We'll work with your team to build a comprehensive field solution, including the components you need and nothing you don't. From planning to targeting, training to tools, staff recruitment to technology, we'll build a custom Field Kit to take your campaign to the next level.

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Trainings, Facilitation and Coaching

We’ll help you recruit and train the team you need to run your organization or campaign, or provide ongoing coaching and leadership development for current staff. We can also help you design and execute a training to skill-up your volunteers and staff in organizing and campaigning best practices, or run a strategic planning retreat to help your staff build internal capacity, relationships, and a shared vision forwards.

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Landscape Analysis

Are you beginning work in a new issue area or geographical region? We’ll dig deep into the historical, political, personal, and power dynamics of your new terrain, and provide an insightful landscape analysis to help you orient your organization and build a smart strategy.

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Digital and Relational Organizing

We’ll help you identify and deploy cutting-edge technology to supercharge your campaign, from the latest digital platforms to relational organizing tools.

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We work with amazing organizations, including:

 
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What our clients say:

 
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Sangeeth Peruri, CEO and Founder of VoterCircle

"We work with hundreds of campaigns all over the country every single year, and Dylan stands out as one of the most creative, smart field strategists we've worked with. In fact, we asked him to write a manual to teach Field Directors around the country how to build successful, data-driven relational organizing programs, and he is one of the first people I call to talk through how to implement a new feature in our platform, test a new tactic, or brainstorm how to build successful field programs."

 
 
 
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Cindy Martinez, Project Manager at Think Together

“Dylan Cate Strategic is friendly, fast & reliable! Dylan took steps to ensure he thoroughly understood our organization, issue, and needs. He was very collaborative in designing a strategic organizing approach for our advocacy efforts, and sought and accepted feedback continually. It was a pleasure to work with Dylan. Thank you for your attention to detail and continuous communication!”

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Tina Podlodowski, Chair of Washington State Democratic Party

“When I became Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party in 2017, we made the commitment to rebuild our party and fight in every race, in every place, after years of lackluster grassroots efforts. I knew I needed a partner who could design and build the organizing program to make that commitment a reality — and Dylan was the first person I called. Dylan's creativity, long-term strategic thinking, and ability to bring out the best in staff and volunteers was exactly what we needed to build the organizing program of our party's future. Together, we accomplished a lot of firsts: we hired year-round organizing staff and knocked doors in every single county in an off year, ran candidates and built organizing operations in deep red districts for the first time in decades, and turned slim majorities into near-super majorities by electing the most diverse group of democrats ever to the Washington state legislature. Dylan was a key part of those successes, and helping build the Washington State Democratic party of the future."

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Shasti Conrad, Chair of Martin Luther King County Democrats

“Dylan Cate Strategic facilitated a fantastic planning meeting for the King County Democrats. With Dylan's well-thought agenda for the day and his kind, upbeat guidance we were able to maximize our time together to work better as a team and to plan for the rest of the year. Dylan's work helped us to take the org from good to great! Thanks Dylan!”

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Kyle Layman, Western States Political Director, DCCC 2018 Cycle

"Dylan's background allows him to bring a unique approach to field and organizing. He brings new ideas to bear, and designs creative and rigorous programs to take on tough field challenges. I managed a congressional race in which we were outspent by our opponent significantly, but Dylan's relationship-based field strategy kept us in the game through the primary, and made us competitive in the general. Plus, he's a lot of fun to work with!"

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Adam Seiden, Principal, All Day Strategic Consulting

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with Dylan Cate. I consistently find him to be insightful, methodical and creative, with an ever-optimistic disposition. His talents are a major asset to any project that he sets his sights on and I wholeheartedly look forward to working together with him on many campaigns to come.”

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Let’s Talk!

We’d love to talk more about your project, and how we can help you build power and win. Please use the form below to schedule a free, 30-minute consultation.

 

 

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Resources

 
 
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“Building a Cyborg Army: Using Digital Tools to Supercharge your Real-Life Volunteers”

Case study from a relational organizing program on a 2016 congressional campaign.

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“Cyborg” Digital Organizing Worksheet

This worksheet helps digital practitioners assess their inventory of digital and field resources, identify opportunities, and generate creative digital organizing program ideas to respond to those opportunities.

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The Future of Field

This piece argues that Democratic and progressive campaigns should run their campaigns with an eye towards contributing towards movements outside of the electoral context, and outlines four axioms to guide those efforts.

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The Future of Organizing

A brief interview with Dylan Cate and Stephan Cox, host of the Washington State Indivisible Podcast, debriefing lessons learned from 2 years of field innovation at the Washington State Democratic Party.