Allison Harnden is the Nighttime Economy Manager for the City of Pittsburgh. She serves as the co-chair of the Responsible Hospitality Institute board of directors, and secretary of the NITECAP Alliance.
Prior to her current position, she worked with RHI for 25 years, beginning as the San Diego Hospitality Resource Panel Coordinator and then as RHI vice president coordinating events and city assessments.
RHI faculty will guide discussion in small groups with your team or a team with others.
RHI conducted a four city (Pittsburgh, New York, San Francisco and DC.) analysis of nighttime governance as part of a contract with Milwaukee.
Jocelyn Kane, RHI's Senior Policy Advisor conducted the study and will present the findings on legislation, job description, budget, advisory panels and other structures discovered in the study.
Ariel Palitz is the Senior Executive Director of the NYC Mayor's Office of Nightlife and an international champion in innovation and advocacy. As the first formally legislated Office of Nightlife in the US, she took on her role by combining her experience as a hospitality business owner and a volunteer on community boards to bridge the gap among groups not traditionally working together.
She championed updates on sound management, facilitated policy changes during COVID, and brought mental health services to hospitality workers, among other initiatives..
Andrew Rigie is the Executive Director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, a premier example of a local hospitality alliance.
He was an instrumental force in mobilizing local and national advocates and city state and congressional leadership to provide emergency support to the hospitality industry.
The NYC Hospitality Alliance serves as a central resource on policy changes, access to resources, and recognition of leadership in all sectors of NYC hospitality and nightlife.
Rob Bookman is partner of Pesetsky & Bookman, PC and serves as general counsel to the NYC Hospitality Alliance and many hospitality businesses in New York.
He brings decades of experience in negotiating changes in rules and regulations as the economy and nightlife evolved, especially with growth in mixed use areas will residential development in areas with an active nightlife.
During COVID he championed policy changes at the state and city level to facilitate emergency measures for outdoor seating, alcohol take-out and expedited licensing.
The concluding session will be a report from each team on their "action plan" with recommendations on priorities, stakeholders, and measurable outcomes.