Kathy E. Hollinger departs RAMW for Greater Washington Partnership CEO post

Hollinger led RAMW since 2012, representing DMV region’s restaurants, food companies that employ 100,000 workers

Kathy E. Hollinger will leave the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) effective October 3 to lead the Greater Washington Partnership, the latter noted in an announcement. Her appointment to the critical role of Partnership CEO signals the confidence of the Washington region’s business industry influencers in her ability to create positive change and shepherd resources and critical thinking to a worthy cause.

Hollinger led RAMW, the Washington, DC area’s restaurant advocacy organization, as president and CEO since 2012. In her work there, she represented a multitude of restaurants and foodservice companies, employing 100,000 team members in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia suburbs). She, herself, has been a resident of the DMV for three decades.

To her credit, she led RAMW through one of its toughest periods in the COVID outbreak, advocating for the region’s restaurants and creating a supportive environment of resources for restaurateurs. Among the challenges during this period were widespread closures, restricted capacity, masking requirements and a labor shortage within the region. She navigated many of these challenges as this chapter negatively impacted many of her member restaurants.

Hollinger previously served as the film commissioner and agency director of the District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. There, she was charged with promoting the National Capital Area as a venue for film and television production nationally and internationally. Her work led to Washington becoming the premier destination of choice for film, television production, video, and multimedia projects with a 15% increase in film activity. She has been credited with attracting more than $38 million in industry direct spending and revenue generation.

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As the new CEO of Greater Washington Partnership, she will advance the work the Partnership has accomplished in the areas of inclusive growth, infrastructure and regional mobility, and workforce development since its founding. The organization is “committed to catalyzing solutions and advancing cross-sector collaboration to make the region from Baltimore to Richmond the best place to live, work, and build a business,” as part of its mission.

Kathy is widely recognized for her innovative and impactful leadership, fierce advocacy for the food and beverage industry, and her success in leading countless small and medium-sized businesses and their employees through an unprecedented global pandemic.

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“We founded the Greater Washington Partnership six years ago because we knew we could catalyze growth and help this region thrive at its maximum potential—and lift all communities in the process,” said Ted Leonsis, founder and chief executive of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and Partnership co-founder and vice chair. “Kathy’s experience in navigating tough challenges which impact our community, from COVID-19 to worries of inflation, positions her well to help the Partnership go even farther and even faster.”

Early in her career, Hollinger served as the senior director of external affairs for Comcast of the District. Through her work, Comcast received the “Business of the Year” award from the DC Chamber of Commerce, and the “Champions of Excellence Award” from the US Conference of Mayors.

She also was the founder and managing director of STORYBOARD Communications, LLC, a boutique strategic communications and public affairs agency.

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“Kathy is widely recognized for her innovative and impactful leadership, fierce advocacy for the food and beverage industry, and her success in leading countless small and medium-sized businesses and their employees through an unprecedented global pandemic,” said Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser. “Our comeback will be defined by how we work together as a region from Richmond to Baltimore with the District as the core. Kathy’s work at the Partnership will ensure that we grow businesses of all sizes and strive to ensure all residents a fair shot.”

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