Allan J. Katz
Ambassador Allan Katz has experience with a broad range of public policy issues, including growing energy needs and systems around the world, as well as complex business negotiations. He has been a member of the Democratic National Committee and served on the National Finance Committee of “Obama for America,” where he helped draft the party’s policy position for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In Florida, Ambassador Katz was elected commissioner for the city of Tallahassee from 2003 to 2009, and he also was appointed by the state of Florida to serve on the Board of Directors for Citizens Property Insurance Corporation, the largest property insurer in Florida.
Ambassador Katz has been recognized for his work as a lawyer and a community leader. He practiced insurance law at a firm in Tallahassee, Fla., from 2004 to 2010. Prior to that, he served as the managing partner of another firm in Tallahassee from its inception. The Environmental Defense Fund and the Florida Wildlife Federation Fund honored him with the Champion for Climate Change Award. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by many organizations, including by The Best Lawyers in America for insurance law and in Chambers USA.
President Barack Obama nominated Katz to be ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Portugal in November 2009. During his ambassadorship, Katz worked on the 2010 Lisbon NATO Summit. While serving as Ambassador, Portugal’s financial situation forced them into a bailout program. Ambassador Katz worked closely with the Portugal and U.S. governments to deal with the complexities of the fiscal crisis in the Eurozone. Portugal also served on the Security Council during his service, and Ambassador Katz worked extensively with Libya, Iran, and Syria along with the Portuguese Government. He developed an extensive network of contacts in Portugal and the rest of Europe, as well as Portuguese speaking Africa that helped him initiate numerous commercial programs for U.S. companies abroad.
Prior to entering private legal practice, Ambassador Katz was assistant insurance commissioner and general counsel for the State of Florida Insurance Department. In Washington, D.C., he served as general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives Commission on Administrative Review (1976-1978); as legislative director for Congressman David Obey (1975-1976); and legislative assistant to Congressman Bill Gunter (1972-1974).