Lewis Michaelson is President of Katz & Associates. In addition to his management and leadership responsibilities, he serves as a principal in charge for public participation, conflict management and environmental impact analysis outreach projects. As a communication professional, Lewis serves as a senior facilitator, mediator and environmental dispute resolution specialist for the firm’s highest profile projects and clients. With nearly 30 years of experience in designing and facilitating consensus-building programs for environmental, planning and infrastructure projects, Lewis is in high demand as a third party neutral and strategic advisor.
Over the years, Lewis has facilitated community outreach and consensus for projects and issues involving a wide range of subjects, including transportation, energy production and transmission, wastewater and stormwater projects, airport facilities, regional water supply facilities, hazardous waste cleanup, watershed planning, military base closures and expansions, and land use management plans. He also has helped countless organizations examine their mission and goals and develop strategic plans for future growth and success.
In addition to his management and consulting roles, Lewis is a recognized leader in the public participation field, having served as both the president of the International Association for Public Participation and Vice President of the U.S. affiliate. As a board member of IAP2, he was instrumental in spearheading the development of the Core Values for the Practice of Public Participation and the IAP2 Code of Ethics. He was also one of the three original developers of the Foundations of Public Participation training courses instituted by IAP2. Lewis is also a qualified member of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution Roster of Neutrals. He has a B.A. in sociology and an M.S. in conflict management.