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Cary's Story

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Entrepeneur

Cary’s commitment to providing working families with quality housing, job opportunities, and a safe community has been the cornerstone of his 25+ year professional career in public and government affairs. In 2003, Cary launched his public/government affairs, marketing, and resource development firm. He and his team serve numerous nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and businesses by helping them to achieve their strategic goals. Before establishing Catalano Fenske & Associates, Cary was the Chief Operating Officer of the Central California Food Bank, formally known as Community Food Bank.

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Home Grown

Born and raised in the Fresno area, Cary moved out on his own while still in high school; he worked diligently to complete his education while supporting himself. After graduation, Cary attended Fresno City College, where he became the Student Body President. He transferred to Fresno State and obtained a B.A. in Public Administration. Shortly after graduating from Fresno State, Cary met his partner, Marvin. They have been in a committed civil union for over two decades. Cary and Marvin are partners in life and work; Marvin is the Manager of Client Services at Catalano Fenske & Associates. They have lived in the Fresno High Neighborhood for over 20 years — fully restoring their 1929 home. Together they round out their lovely family with teenage goddaughter Leah and a feisty Schnauzer named Jax.

Recognition & Service

  • Awarded the prestigious J.U. Berry Award for his commitment to charity work in the community.

  • Recognized as one of the top 100 alumni from Fresno City College.

  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Fresno State Alumni Association.

  • Serves on the Board of Directors for the Fresno Chamber of Commerce - on leave of absence while campaigning.

  • Serves as Chair of Fresno Housing, Fresno County Board of Commissioners.

  • Appointed to the Mayor’s Fresno Recovery Committee, an advisory panel formed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to assist in the community’s economic recovery plan.

  • Served as Chair of the General Plan Review Committee for the City of Fresno.

  • Served as the President of the corporate Board of Directors for Girls Scouts of Central California South. During his tenure, he oversaw a complete organizational restructure and strategic growth plan.

  • Served on the City of Fresno Planning Commission from 2014 to 2017; during this time, the City of Fresno adopted a new General Plan and Development Code focused on community revitalization.

  • Graduate of Leadership Fresno, Class 19.