Allan Katz, J.D.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Portugal
Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science
308 Bloch School
Allan Katz joined the Departments of Public Affairs and Political Science at the University of Missouri - Kansas City as a Distinguished Professor in August of 2012. Ambassador Katz teaches Political Science and Public Administration seminars and courses for both departments.
Ambassador Katz was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Ambassador of the United States of America to the Portuguese Republic in November 2009. The nomination was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2010. Ambassador Katz presented his credentials to the President of the Portuguese Republic, His Excellency Aníbal Cavaco Silva on April 28, 2010.
Ambassador Katz is a lawyer by profession who has been active in local and national government and politics for many years. 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; as Legislative Director for Congressman David Obey; and Legislative Assistant to Congressman Bill Gunter. Ambassador Katz was elected as Commissioner for the City of Tallahassee from 2003 to 2009, and he was also 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. 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 "The Best Lawyers in America for Insurance Law".
Ambassador Katz holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington D.C. He is married to Ms. Nancy Cohn, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil, and they have two adult sons.