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Jason Katz
Jason Katz is the founder and principal of The Tool Shed Group, a full service consultancy specializing in strategic communications, business development and public affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Katz works with medium to large land developers in Los Angeles and has deep contacts in the entertainment, financial and banking industries. Mr. Katz works closely with law enforcement on a variety of issues and also worked on Valley secession, special order 40 and many other city and county, state and Federal issues. Mr. Katz has experience with the energy sector, working on church/state issues, economic development and good government.

Mr. Katz works closely with several foreign governments, quasi-governmental entities and corporations, including serving as a senior advisor to the Republic of Azerbaijan, their Consulate General in Los Angeles and Ministry of Information Technology and Communications. Mr. Katz also advises various private equity firms, investors and technology firms wishing to invest in the economies of Central Asia, South Asia and the United States.

Mr. Katz previously served as the Vice President of Corporate and Public Affairs for Town Hall Los Angeles, a civic and political organization that shapes and drives public policy through high level interactions in the form of conferences, panels and symposia with elected officials, policy makers and decision makers on international, national, regional and local levels. Mr. Katz was primarily responsible for the development of close relationships with business and corporate leaders, elected and appointed officials, diplomats, and policy and decision makers from throughout the world.

Prior to Town Hall, Mr. Katz spent eight years as the head of public affairs for the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Los Angeles, a prominent public policy think tank and advocacy organization. In this capacity, Mr. Katz was responsible for the overall image and institutional strategy for AJC. He was primarily charged with running the organization’s PR, political and policy shops, which develop and implement AJC’s legislative agenda and lobby on issues such as security, counter-terrorism, public safety, immigration, church-state, public education and various other local, state and national issues. He was also the lead staff liaison to intelligence and law enforcement organizations and related think tank organizations.

An expert in public relations, public affairs and organizational and leadership development and strategy, Mr. Katz has led training seminars for various secular and non-secular organizations. Mr. Katz recently lectured on the following topics: Congressional, Government and Public Relations: Lessons on The Role of Energy Security in the US-Azerbaijan Strategic Allied Relations conference held at George Washington University; US Partnership and Investment Opportunities in the Technology Sectors held at Bakutel International Technology Conference and Exhibition in Azerbaijan; Private Sector Careers in Foreign Affairs at California State University Channel Islands; Geopolitics, Diplomacy and Grassroots at Third Annual Azerbaijani-American Scholarly Forum held at University of California Irvine.

Mr. Katz serves on various committees and commissions, including the Los Angeles/Orange County Homeland Security Advisory Commission, the California Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Voter Participation and Outreach, the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder Voter Outreach Committee, Advisory Commission to City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo & Councilman Jack Weiss.

A native Angeleno, he is married to Dana Katz, and they live in Woodland Hills with their two sons, Ilan and Gabriel.

Entries by Jason Katz

Disabilities in America and My New Phamaly

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 5:15 PM

According to a comprehensive 2010 United States Census Bureau report, the most recent report of it kind, nearly one in five Americans have a disability. That is about 56.7 million people or 19 percent of the population of the U.S.

But how do we treat them? No, this is not...

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Azerbaiyán y México: ninguna buena acción queda sin castigo

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 2:02 PM

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Mucho se ha dicho sobre la controversia en Estados Unidos y México, respecto a la generosa restauración por parte de la embajada de la República de Azerbaiyán, de un parque en la ciudad de México, y la donación de una estatua allí en honor al...

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When Cooler Heads Don't Prevail

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 12:58 AM

The recent summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a key international body, was quite an affair. Well attended by high-level officials from Europe to the U.S. and from East and West, it was nevertheless plagued by implacability and disagreements.

Some disagreements at the summit,...

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Stability in the South Caucasus versus short term gains

(10) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 8:21 PM

Stability is one of the most significant ingredients to the success of nations, regions and the global community in the modern age. No longer can nations prosper as individual entities, shielded from the politics, economics and social events of other nations. The recent financial meltdown of Greece is a good...

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Obama's New Energy Policy: Consider the Bigger Picture and Some Old Friends

(2) Comments | Posted May 5, 2010 | 2:04 PM

The Obama Administration's recent announcement to endorse new oil and natural gas exploration in US waters, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill notwithstanding, is an important and essential move toward enhancing the energy security of the United States. However, the Administration should not lose sight of what the Clinton Administration...

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An Odd Voice from a Noble Land

(5) Comments | Posted April 15, 2010 | 12:07 AM

Recently, I read an opinion piece in a US newspaper entitled "Azerbaijan's quest to be free" written by Ali Karimili, Chairman of the Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan. I was under the impression that to be published as an op-ed writer, one needs to possess an expertise on the subject...

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Azerbaijan and Israel: Not a Typical Relationship

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 10:37 PM

Relationships of convenience in the world of international politics are ubiquitous. It is virtually impossible to scan this world and not find an immediate example. Indeed, many of the United States' "closest" international relationships are those of convenience. Are the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United States really allies...

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A Game Played Smarter

(13) Comments | Posted January 13, 2010 | 4:33 PM

As an avid observer of US foreign policy, particularly in the Middle East, Eurasia and Central Asia, the American penchant for quick fixes and feel good speeches with no solutions and fleeting PR triumphs never ceases to amaze me. This is rivaled only by the US's proclivity for a short...

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