Gilad Katz Heads Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest
In August, Consul General Gilad Katz was appointed head of post to lead the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States.
Based in Houston, the Consulate General of Israel to the Southwest United States is responsible for the region of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The Consulate’s departments include academic, cultural, Hispanic, press, political and strategic affairs.
As consul general, Katz looks forward to furthering the excellent relations between Israel and the Southwestern United States.
“2018 is also Israel’s 70th year anniversary,” Katz said. “It’s a great opportunity to deepen the connection between Israel to the Southwest by facilitating as many delegations as possible from the six-state region to advance political, academic, cultural, religious and educational cooperation.”
In the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for more than seven years, Katz was one of Netanyahu’s senior advisors, heading the Hebrew Correspondence Department and the Public Affairs Department.
Katz has a background in policy, communications and education. He served as a correspondent for Makor Rishon Newspaper in Israel and earned a promotion as the political and diplomatic correspondent for the newspaper. Katz spent a decade in education, including experience as a public representative in the Directorate of the Education Corporation for the Shoham Local Council in Shoham, Israel.
Katz holds a master’s degree in political science and communications from Bar-Ilan University and bachelor’s degrees in political science, communications and history from Bar-Ilan University.
One of the first things Katz experienced when he arrived in Houston was Hurricane Harvey. Like many others, the diplomat and his family were evacuated to Dallas.
Consul General Katz is married to Merav Katz. They have five children, Marom, Elay, Klil-Or, Passig and Keshet. ■