Marilyn Katz

Marilyn Katz is the president of MK Communications, a public policy and strategic communications firm. Ms. Katz founded the firm in 1983 at the conclusion of the historic campaign of Harold Washington, in which she served as the lead in press and in media (with Bill Zimmerman). While the firm is located in Chicago, it serves political, community, civic, corporate and business clients on public policy issues across the nation.

Among the firm’s offerings are strategic counsel on political and issue campaigns; program design; implementation of community outreach, public education and lobbying campaigns; creation of film, radio/television, print and on-line media; strategic design and implementation of earned media campaign.

Outside of the firm’s client work, Ms. Katz continues to work in both politics and media, as a creator of organizations, an organizer of movements and events and as a writer and social critic.

Ms. Katz has written, produced and directed many films, written three books (with others), “The Glass House Tapes” (with Citizens Research Action Committee) “Stopping War, Seeking Justice” (with Carl Davidson) and Talking Back and Acting Out (women negotiating the media, edited by Sandra Jackson and Anne Russo) one play “America In Review”, authored or co-authored numerous articles and is regularly featured in articles, tv programs and as a speaker on various talk shows. A fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, Ms. Katz serves on numerous boards, including local community and corporate boards, Human Rights Watch Chicago and the national leadership committee of JStreet.

You can follow Marilyn Katz on Twitter at @mkatzchi, on tumblr at or to read more about successful campaigns, view film, print and other work, visit her website at

Ms. Katz resides in Chicago, is married and has two children.

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