What We Do


Kabateck Strategies has more than 25 years of experience, relationships and know-how in the State Capitol and with leaders at every level to make sure you are heard by the highest-level decision makers to help you win your battles.  We will get you in the room with the right legislative and executive branch leaders, key regulators and organization leaders – and help you develop winning strategies to get you those winning outcomes.


Nothing is more frustrating than facing that horrible “wall of bureaucracy” when you need to get something done for your business or organization. You place a call to Sacramento and are placed on hold, get the bureaucratic run-around, or, worse, never hear back from anyone…until it’s too late.  Kabateck Strategies has both the know-how and top-to-bottom network with economic development, business, health care, environmental regulators and leaders in Sacramento and across California to make sure you and your organization cut through the bureaucratic red tape get answers and results.


Kabateck Strategies has more than two decades of leadership with developing, organizing and mobilizing key grassroots organizations and coalitions to help shape public opinion with the “powers that be”.  Whether it’s a key piece of legislation, a local or statewide ballot measure or long-term issue advocacy campaign, nothing is more important than “moving the masses” to help influence an important position or public policy. Our expertise includes managing statewide Governor’s races, leading business trade organizations and developing executive-level coalitions and strategies. We have the grassroots organizing capability and business organization expertise that you will not find anywhere else in Sacramento or the Golden State.


If you want your business or organization to get results in the State Capitol or at any level, you first need to be taken seriously – and positioned well. Kabateck Strategies has the full-service team and organization to develop and enhance your image among policymakers, the media, and general public to make sure you are seen as the leader and not just one of the pack. We will help you develop a comprehensive, effective and sustainable plan that gets your organization and who you represent the important recognition and messaging that ensures your success on any given issue you are fighting for.


John Kabateck has enjoyed nearly twenty-five years of leadership with strategic coalition development and implementation in California’s public policy and political arenas, with an emphasis on the full spectrum of business and job creator sectors.

As California Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business, California’s and the nation’s leading organization serving only small businesses, Kabateck was responsible for the recruitment, outreach and involvement of upwards of 23,000 small and independent business owners from sectors including retail, restaurants, manufacturing and agriculture. He led the organization’s successful efforts to protect small businesses from higher taxes, including split roll/Prop 13 reform, frivolous “shakedown” lawsuits, and over-regulation, and was involved in aggressive ballot and legislative efforts during his eight years at NFIB. He is also credited for leading national efforts for NFIB in member gain, media positioning, and a successful effort working with the more than twenty five field sales representatives in the state.

Kabateck also served as Senior Legislative Director and Vice President of the California Restaurant Association, during which time he helped lead successful efforts to mobilize small business restaurateurs and their employees to engage in statewide campaigns addressing such small business issues as meal and rest periods, minimum wage and paid sick leave.

Kabateck previously served as Chief of Staff in the California Legislature and as Director of Coalitions for Governor Pete Wilson’s successful re-election campaign and as Wilson’s Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary, where he was responsible for full-time and board/commission appointments spanning more than eight state agencies, including the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency and Trade and Commerce Agency. He was selected by Governor Schwarzenegger to serve as Director of External Affairs, in which he managed staff and operations of five statewide offices and the Governor’s statewide coalitions network, including business, local government and ethnic community outreach efforts.