About K&A – Katz & Associates

We inform, educate, facilitate and resolve issues to move projects forward.

Katz & Associates specializes in strategic communication, public involvement and community relations to advance essential projects. Our firm is comprised of nationally recognized facilitation, public outreach and public relations experts in water resources, transportation and environmental planning and private sector development and land use. Our specialists combine their backgrounds in communications, geography, sociology, public affairs, environmental sciences and long-range planning to effectively translate highly technical information into language understandable to a variety of audiences. The majority of our clients are public entities implementing large infrastructure and environmental initiatives. We also work with private developers  seeking to entitle and build housing or commercial projects, and with organizations and groups planning major civic or community events.

Founded in 1986, K&A is a certified small and woman-owned business enterprise. We are headquartered in San Diego, with offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a statewide team of more than 40 professionals. We have supported projects across the U.S. and internationally, working with special districts, municipalities, privately owned utilities, local, state and federal agencies and regional coalitions.

In 2014, K&A began an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) as a mechanism for succession planning and to foster firm growth. Employees who become owners of the firm contribute to strategic decision-making and benefit from the economic growth of the firm.

Commitment to Our Communities and Our Profession

We support our employee’s efforts to make positive change in their communities and their profession by giving time, talent and resources. Here are some of the ways we make a difference.

Charitable organizations and events where we volunteer time and provide financial support:
  • Adopt-A-Family
  • Alzheimer’s Memory Walk
  • Water for People
  • Bike to Work Day
  • San Diego Port Tenants Association Clean the Bay event
  • LEAD San Diego Visionary Awards
  • Celebration of Black American History Luncheon
  • PureWater Colorado
  • San Diego APA Awards
  • Friends of the LA River
  • Los Angeles Conservancy
  • Balboa Park Trust
  • San Diego Foundation
  • Downtown San Diego Partnership

 

Community and civic organizations where we serve:
  • San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Urban Land Institute
  • San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation
  • San Diego Taxpayer’s Association
  • Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • San Diego Port Tenants Association
  • Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
  • NextLA – Los Angeles Junior Chamber
  • Central City Association, Los Angeles
  • Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council

 

Professional organizations we support and belong to:
  • American Planning Association (APA)
  • American Water Works Association (AWWA) National & CA/NV Chapter
  • Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
  • Association of Conflict Resolution
  • Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
  • Association of Women in Water, Energy & Environment (AWWEE)
  • Built Environment Education Program (BEEP)
  • California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • California Water Environment Association (CWEA)
  • Construction Management Assoc. of America (CMAA)
  • International Association of Public Participation (IAPP)
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
  • Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM)
  • Society of Military Engineers (SME)
  • LEAD San Diego
  • Technology of Participation Facilitation (ToPs)
  • Water Education Foundation (WEF)
  • Water Environment Federation (WEFTEC)
  • WateReuse Association
  • Women in Transportation (WTS)