Matthew Cate is executive director of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC). He is also a law and policy fellow at Stanford University School of Law, with a focus on working with local government leaders to determine the impact of realignment and address post-realignment challenges. Before he joined CSAC in 2012 he served as secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Before that, he served for four years as the California Inspector General, responsible for public oversight of CDCR. From 1996 to 2004, he was a prosecutor at the California Department of Justice, with a focus on public corruption. From 1994 to 1996, he was a deputy district attorney for Sacramento County. Before he joined the public sector, he was a business litigation attorney with Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer. He holds a JD from the University of Oregon School of Law.