2022 Distinguished Alumni Awards - MAIS Grad to be honored on October 21

Join MAIS in congratulating Kathy Hollinger, MAIS '96, on her selection as a Distinguished Alumni this year. Registration for the award ceremony, which will take place on Friday, October 21, is now open. You can read about all of the 2022 Awardees in the digital program.

"Kathy E. Hollinger, MAIS ’96, is president and CEO of the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW). Since 2012, her visionary leadership has guided the regional trade organization representing thousands of restaurants and the foodservice industry. As the official voice, face, and advocate for foodservice operators in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Hollinger drove unprecedented growth and development in the industry, while guiding members through a continuously evolving and complex legislative and regulatory landscape.

Hollinger began her career with the City Council of the District of Columbia. Later, in 2008, she was appointed to then District of Columbia mayor Adrian Fenty’s executive cabinet, where she served as film commissioner for the District of Columbia Office of Motion Picture and Television Development. With Hollinger at the helm, Washington, D.C., experienced a 15 percent increase in the volume of film activity and an increase of more than $38 million in industry direct spending, employment, and revenue generation, putting the city back on the map as a national film destination.

Prior to her appointment as film commissioner, Hollinger led external and regulatory affairs for Comcast in Washington, D.C. She negotiated Comcast’s cable franchise with the District of Columbia and created a public-private partnership focused on lifelong learning.

In December 2020, Hollinger was named the COVID-19 Response Leader of the Year by the Washington Business Journal. She was also recognized by Mayor Muriel Bowser as a Washington Woman of Excellence for her leadership in helping guide both her industry and the District’s administration during one of the worst times for the economy."