Brian Simon

Founder and Managing Partner

Hollis Public Affairs

As Founder and Managing Partner at Hollis Public Affairs, Brian works closely with clients from across the board in health care, financial services, infrastructure, tourism, technology, education and Native American tribes to identify, develop, and capture opportunities, as well as providing legislative and regulatory guidance. He brings decades of experience in shepherding and overseeing public and private projects that impact capital and social infrastructure ranging from medium-to-large-scale economic development deals.

As the former Director of Government & Community Relations at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, Brian oversaw and facilitated significant developments through project review and construction. While at the Port Authority, he also managed the Office of Strategic Planning & Analysis, where he worked closely with the Executive Chamber to advance critical transportation infrastructure policy aligned with a transit-oriented development agenda within the Port Authority. Brian also served as senior staff in the United States Congress, including roles as Deputy State Director to US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Executive Director to Congressman Gregory Meeks. In 2004, he was tapped by Senator John Kerry’s presidential campaign to serve as its national Deputy Director for African-American Affairs.