Combat Antisemitism Movement names chief government affairs officer

Lisa Katz, a former town supervisor of New Castle, N.Y., to lead CAM government affairs initiatives.

Lisa Katz, Combat Antisemitism Movement's chief government affairs officer. Credit: Courtesy of Combat Antisemitism Movement.
Lisa Katz, Combat Antisemitism Movement's chief government affairs officer. Credit: Courtesy of Combat Antisemitism Movement.

The Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) announced today its hiring of Lisa Katz as chief government affairs officer. With a distinguished background in law, business and community leadership, Katz brings a wealth of experience and passion to her new role at CAM.

“This opportunity represents a convergence of my passions and experiences in law and government,” said Katz. “Throughout my career, I have been deeply committed to advocating for justice and equality, and now, I have the privilege to channel that dedication into combating antisemitism—a cause that is close to my heart.”

In her new position, Katz will lead CAM’s government affairs initiatives, working closely with elected officials, policymakers, and community leaders to develop and implement strategies to combat antisemitism at the local, state, and federal levels. She will also be responsible for advocating for legislation and policies that address antisemitism, such as pushing the adoption of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism throughout the United States and beyond.

Sacha Roytman, CEO of CAM, welcomed Katz to the organization, stating, “We are excited to have Lisa join our team at CAM. Her extensive legal expertise, combined with her unwavering commitment to social justice and community empowerment makes her an invaluable asset in the fight against antisemitism. We look forward to working together to make a meaningful impact in identifying, addressing, and combating antisemitism worldwide.”

Katz is a graduate of the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Fordham Law School. With a career spanning over three decades, she first worked as a corporate and securities attorney in New York City before transitioning to serve as in-house counsel for organizations, including ImClone Systems, Universal American Financial Corp., and the Reader’s Digest Association, Inc.

She later founded the Law Offices of Lisa S. Katz, PLLC. Katz is a longtime advocate for social justice and community empowerment. From 2014 to 2024, she served as an elected town council member and subsequently as town supervisor (mayor) of the Town of New Castle, N.Y., where she made combating antisemitism and hatred of all forms a top municipal priority.

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