Andy Katz

Andy Katz is an attorney advocating for workers’ and civil rights, public health, and protecting the environment. He was elected to the East Bay Municipal Utility District in 2006, representing Ward 4, which includes Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Kensington, and North Oakland. He currently serves as EBMUD Board President. Prior to his election to the EBMUD Board, he served for five years as a member of the city of Berkeley Zoning Adjustments Board.

On the EBMUD Board, Andy has supported EBMUD's efforts to expand water conservation programs and double recycled water projects, protect water quality, and expand efforts to protect our climate, including solar energy and converting food scraps into renewable energy. He initiated the policies protecting tenants in apartment buildings from water service termination, and addressing gaps which led to the expansion of the Customer Assistance Program, which provides lifeline rates for low-income households. While the Government Relations Director for Breathe California, Andy worked closely with air quality regulators and allied public health and environmental organizations to clean up diesel trucks and construction equipment, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He also advocated for Essential Health Benefits that prevent access barriers to full preventive care, strategies for addressing barriers to screening and rehabilitative treatment for COPD, and sponsored legislation to prohibit smoking at California hospital and university campuses, and to raise penalties for tobacco sales to minors.

Andy is a former Chair of Sierra Club California, and currently serves on the Sierra Club California Legislative Committee. He has represented Sierra Club at the United Nations climate negotiations from 2009-2014. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of City Planning degree from U.C. Berkeley, a law degree from Santa Clara University, and lives in Berkeley.

After participating in the first Bay Area Jeremiah Fellowship, I was excited to join a community of progressive Jews working for community change. I am enthusiastic about Bend the Arc’s mission of pursuing social justice as a core expression of Jewish tradition. I offer extensive policy knowledge and understanding of local, state, and national politics, and a professional background in policy advocacy and organizing. These skills and experiences will be an asset to the organization as Bend the Arc looks to build a presence with decision-makers and coalitions. I am interested in the Bend the Arc Regional Council to further my participation within the organization, and to contribute to social justice campaigns, particularly related to economic justice.