40 Under 40: Julie Katz
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40 Under 40: Julie Katz

Julie Katz, 26, is assistant director of American Jewish Committee’s Southeastern region.

A native Atlantan, Julie Katz serves as assistant director of American Jewish Committee’s Southeastern region. In her role, Julie creates and strengthens relationships between the Jewish community and political, diplomatic, faith and ethnic leaders in Atlanta.

Julie is a frequent speaker on topics related to Jewish and Israel advocacy, addressing both Jewish and non-Jewish audiences. She works with AJC lay leaders to cultivate relationships with the black, Latino, Korean, Indian, Asian, Muslim and Christian communities,

with the goal of educating diverse leaders about issues facing world Jewry, and helping the Jewish community understand the priorities of other faith and ethnic groups. “I’m constantly inspired by our AJC lay leaders, who understand that effective Jewish advocacy must include advocacy for all minorities,” Katz said. “As Jews, our well-being depends on active participation in pluralistic societies. Working with our

friends in diverse communities gives everyone the best chance of success.”
Julie also co-directs Leaders For Tomorrow, AJC’s leadership training program for high school students. LFT educates students about issues facing the global Jewish community, teaches the importance of relationship building, and helps them become effective Jewish advocates.

In addition to her local work, Julie plans and leads AJC Global’s high profile Poland Exchange, which fights anti-Semitism in Europe. The exchange brings Polish business, political, academic and media leaders to the United States and provides an in-depth analysis of the issues facing world Jewry.

In addition to her work at AJC, Katz serves on the University of Georgia Alumni Association’s community service committee and is a mentor to recent graduates.

“As the daughter and granddaughter of Jewish Southerners, I grew up understanding the unique history of our community,” Katz said. “Being Jewish in the south is a culture all within itself, and I love seeing how our community fits into and thrives in Atlanta.”

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