Rebecca Kirszner Katz, a Partner at Hilltop Public Solutions, helps personalities, campaigns, and causes tell their story to news media and stakeholders inside and outside the Beltway.
Katz has nearly 20 years of local, state, and national communications experience. She has worked in government – at the local and federal level — and on political campaigns, and in issue-advocacy efforts on behalf of non-profit groups. She has expertise in communications planning and strategy, social media, rapid response, media relations, and message development.
As a Special Advisor to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Katz played a senior role in guiding the overall communications strategy for the Mayor and First Lady, while also helping manage long-term media planning and outreach.
Highlights of Katz’s career also includes running Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid’s War Room, assisting with the planning and execution of the White House’s communications strategy for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation, and helping Planned Parenthood fight back against the unprecedented assault on women’s health after Republicans assumed control of Congress in 2010.
Katz is a rare communications specialist who has experience successfully navigating both the daily grind of big city news-cycles and long-form journalism. She has a knack for helping clients mix the soft with the serious in order to shape public image, develop narratives that drive a message and pushback against unflattering stories.
Her talent was captured by The New York Times when the paper wrote that Katz was the de Blasio adviser “who perhaps best understood the blending of the political and personal that has fueled his rise.”
In her previous stint at Hilltop, Katz directed social media strategy for of a variety of political campaigns and advocacy organizations. In this capacity, she assisted clients in planning communications strategies across all media platforms, working closely with her clients to craft effective messages and to translate these plans into an overall strategy.
Katz has a BA from Clark University and a Master’s in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, where she has also taught graduate courses on congressional politics.