Holly has spent twenty-five years in the government relations field and earned a reputation as one of the best lobbyists in Pennsylvania. Lobbying in Pennsylvania since 1990, she initially worked for a Fortune 35 company and subsequently led two different premiere lobbying firms. In April 2012, she opened the doors of her own firm—The Kinser Group, which has offices in Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Throughout the decades she has served as the lead lobbyist for the City of Philadelphia under Mayors Edward G. Rendell and Michael A. Nutter and her client base included Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia Museum of Art, The John Buck Company, Comcast, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Community Education Centers, Microsoft, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Clear Channel Airports, International Paper, Philadelphia Gas Works, Thomas Jefferson University, Kimpton Hotels, The Wistar Institute, Major League Soccer’s The Philadelphia Union, Unisys, Disney, Pfizer and Frito-Lay.
Prior to forming her own company, she spent a decade as executive vice president and five years as managing director of firms where she oversaw their lobbying engagements at both the state and municipal levels. While there, she significantly diversified and grew their revenue and client base. She is credited with obtaining hundreds of millions of dollars in public funding for some of the Commonwealth’s most prominent economic development projects, including:
• State-of-the-art Major League Soccer stadium—home to the Philadelphia Union
• Renowned biomedical institute/National Cancer Institute Cancer Center
• Private colleges and universities
• Major visual and performing arts institutions
• An advanced medical center—the state’s first in southeastern Pennsylvania in more than a decade
• National hotel and retail ventures
Additionally she secured tens of millions of dollars in operational funding for medical colleges, healthcare systems, educational institutions, cultural and historical venues, social service entities and tourism marketing initiatives.Holly’s legislative successes include:
• expanding tax free zones for economic development
• creating dedicated revenue streams for tourism marketing
• providing for the exemption of certain bidding requirements for major construction projects
• conveying land and riparian rights to enhance economic development
• reforming and restructuring the board of the state’s largest Housing Authority
• providing for property tax rate relief and homestead exemptions for the state’s largest county
• averting a financial crisis in the City of Philadelphia by dedicating an additional 1% sales tax and altering pension payments to generate revenue for the city’s general fund.
Her leadership in the procurement space resulted in the award of the largest value contract extension in the Commonwealth’s history and contract awards to clients at the Department of Corrections, Department of Public Welfare, Department of Transportation, the Liquor Control Board and numerous departments within the City of Philadelphia.
Holly moved to Harrisburg in 1990 to establish one of eight lobbying offices in the country for International Paper—at the time, the world’s largest forest products company. As a regional public affairs manager, she oversaw public affairs activities in a five state region. Holly’s career with International Paper began in 1987 at their corporate headquarters in New York where she worked closely with senior executives on communications and government relations initiatives. Her interest in politics developed during her years at the Republican National Committee in Washington, DC where she held a number of staff positions for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Political Operations.
Holly serves as Vice President of the Arden Theatre Company Board of Directors. She is a native Californian who graduated from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. She resides in Center City Philadelphia with her daughter Lena.
BETH BRENNAN—VICE PRESIDENT
Beth Brennan has more than a decade of Pennsylvania government relations experience in Harrisburg and Philadelphia. In January 2013, she joined The Kinser Group as Vice President. The Kinser Group founded in 2012 is headed by Holly Kinser who has more than 25 years of lobbying expertise in Pennsylvania. She and Beth worked closely together at another prominent government relations firm for the previous 12 years. Together, they now run a government relations practice with an elite group of clients.
Beth began her government relations career working for then Attorney General D. Michael Fisher. After working with the Attorney General, she joined the lobbying firm of S.R. Wojdak & Associates. Initially based in their Harrisburg office, she later moved to their Philadelphia location working in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg. While at S.R. Wojdak & Associates, her responsibilities increased as did her respect in the lobbying community where she is known for her attention to detail, work ethic and dedication to clients. Beth is well versed in successfully managing clients’ expectations and guiding them through the complex legislative process.
As a member of a lobbying team that secured substantial operating and capital dollars from the Commonwealth, Beth has both the experience and expertise required to help clients effectively navigate the ever-changing state budget process. Recently, Beth assisted clients in obtaining precious historical and performance arts related tourism funding. Additionally, she helped preserve grant funding to non-profit arts and cultural institutions. Finally, she helped restore a line item in the budget to provide assistance to Commonwealth residents displaced or significantly impacted by emergency disaster situations.
In her role as one of the lead lobbyists for City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter-- since he was sworn in as Mayor in 2008--she helped ensure passage of the some of the City’s most comprehensive reform packages including:
•Restructuring the Philadelphia Housing Authority Board and practices;
•Authorizing an additional sales tax to provide pension payment assistance; and,
•Implementing a new property tax system based on actual market values and providing for homestead exemptions.
Beth’s additional legislative accomplishments include: changing the Child Labor Law to benefit professional theatrical performers, protecting the arts and cultural Educational Improvement Organizations during revisions to the Education Improvement Tax Credit, and negotiating changes associated with cancer presumption in firefighter workers’ compensation claims.
Beth resides in Montgomery County with her husband, John, and son, Cameron. She graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a BA in both Political Science and English Communications.