Norm Kurz is a veteran consultant working at the intersection of global politics, policy and strategic communications in Washington, DC. Kurz helps clients understand the dynamics of politics and media in Washington and abroad, shapes and executes foreign policy and national security messages, and positions clients to their best advantage before the media and other important audiences.
From 2000–2006, Kurz served as Communications Director to then-U.S. Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., and as spokesman for Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In addition, he served as spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, and as counselor to the Senator on judicial nominations. Kurz worked previously on Capitol Hill as Communications Director for U.S. Senator Wyche Fowler (D-GA), and U.S. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Les Aspin (D-WI).
He has worked on behalf of a consortium of non-governmental organizations in Azerbaijan dealing with regional issues and the country’s bilateral relationship with the United States; assisted Iranian-Americans advocating for democratic change in Iran; and worked on a wide range of issues concerning Israel, the Palestinians and the wider region. Kurz was a long-time advisor to the founder and President of The Israel Project regarding the peace process, Iran, and Israel’s image, and enhanced TIP’s relationships with key leaders on Capitol Hill and in the White House.
Kurz represents and provides strategic communications services for Muslim American leaders concerned about radical Islamism and the threat of violence in the U.S. He works closely on advocacy strategies with the President of the American Jewish Congress and the Chairman of the American Council for World Jewry. Kurz also consulted for the American Task Force on Palestine on messaging issues.
Kurz graduated from UCLA and attended The Johns Hopkins University on a graduate fellowship. In addition to English, he speaks passable Hungarian, Hebrew and Spanish. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.