Founder and CEO
Sara Katz founded Katz & Associates in 1986 after tenures with former California Governor Pete Wilson and San Diego Mayor Susan Golding. With her team of communication professionals, Sara manages community relations, public involvement and public affairs strategies for her clients.
Since beginning her career in public affairs in the 1980s, Sara has developed a recognized specialty in developing communication programs for local, state and federal public agencies. Her experience includes public outreach and involvement programs for major public works projects, social awareness programs and controversial public policy issues. Sara’s wealth of experience ranges from issues management, coalition building and facilitation to strategic planning, media strategy and crisis management.
Sara’s experience with water and wastewater programs includes work in California, Nevada, Texas, Georgia, Florida and Sydney, Australia. Other areas of expertise include air transportation, land use planning, redevelopment, mass transit, energy, schools and consumer protection. Recent client experience includes the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (Water Department), City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Southern Nevada Water Authority, the US Army Corps of Engineers – Omaha and Kansas City Divisions, and El Paso Water Utilities.
A frequent conference speaker and published writer, Sara is past chair of the AWWA Public Involvement Committee. Sara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics with a minor in political science. She has completed coursework in facilitation and public involvement/process negotiations.