As Head of Finance & Operations, Catherine Lavelle Adamchak directs all financial and operational initiatives for Seven Letter, including financial management, paid media placement, human resources, legal and contractual issues, accounting and recruiting for the firm. Since Catherine first joined Seven Letter, capability and geographic expansions, along with organic growth, have increased Seven Letter’s revenue by nearly 400%. Catherine has managed the integration of those expansions, a headcount that has nearly quadrupled in that time, and increased financial, legal and infrastructure commitments. Catherine also serves as Controller for the firm’s coalition clients.
Previously, Catherine worked for Blue Engine Message & Media, which merged with JDA Frontline in 2018 to form Seven Letter. In her time at Blue Engine, Catherine revamped financial and operational protocols for the firm, streamlining processes and using data to help guide the firm as it continued to grow, including the merger with JDA Frontline in 2018. In 2015, Catherine also played a leading role in the planning and execution of the first-ever TEDxPennsylvaniaAvenue, held at DC’s Newseum.
Catherine has a breadth of knowledge in large-scale event management and political operations, and brought that experience to Blue Engine after serving the Obama-Biden re-election effort from 2011 through the 57th Inauguration in 2013. Catherine played a vital role in generating national and international media coverage of President Obama’s second nominating convention as a Media Logistics Manager. She also coordinated coverage needs, including credentials, workspace, housing and technology infrastructure to members of the Print, Periodical, Radio & Television, and Photography Congressional Press Galleries. Catherine went on to serve the Presidential Inaugural Committee as the Deputy Director for Tickets, where she oversaw the production and distribution of over 120,000 tickets for all official Inaugural events.
From July 2007 until June 2011, Catherine was the Manager of Legislative and Political Affairs at Jolly/Rissler, Inc., a boutique legislative affairs firm that focused on financial services, health care and educational services, based in Washington, DC.
Catherine has a B.A. in Public Relations and History from Syracuse University. She lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and son.
Catherine works in the Seven Letter Washington, D.C. office.