Beth A. Brennan

Principal, Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies

Harrisburg

(717) 773-4213

(717) 703-5901

Recent Publication:

Broad Street Brief: Budget Negotiations Between Mayor Kenney and City Council Continue, Federal Update: American Jobs Plan Negotiations Between White House and GOP Move to New Phase

City Council and Mayor Kenney are still working towards reaching a consensus around tax policy and key city investments. Changes to the wage tax, business and receipts tax, and the parking tax are still being debated.

Beth provides comprehensive advocacy and governments relations services to clients before the City of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Beth has bipartisan relationships and experience navigating complex political issues for a wide range of clients and was previously a Harrisburg lobbyist for the City of Philadelphia on major issues including school funding, bond financing, child welfare protection and reporting, tax delinquency and collections, assessor certification, and E911 funding.

Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Beth was the vice president of a government relations group based out of Philadelphia, where she provided lobbying services to every client in the firm’s portfolio. Her clients’ interests were varied and ranged from association groups, corporations, educational institutions, and nonprofit cultural organizations. She performed all appropriate duties before the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and City of Philadelphia including planning and directing legislative strategy, coordinating client/firm communications, and new client development and acquisition. Beth has accomplished numerous successes in securing passage of state and city policy-focused legislation, appropriations of state and local capital and operating funds, Commonwealth Financing Authority funding, mass transit funding, and state economic development grants including RCAP grants on behalf of clients.

Beth served as a legislative associate performing a dual role of lobbyist and research analyst in the representation of more than 60 clients’ interests before the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Philadelphia City Council. During Mayor Michael A. Nutter’s tenure, she served on the lead Harrisburg lobbying team for the City of Philadelphia.

Beth earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English communications, cum laude, from Lebanon Valley College. While in school, Beth was a press office intern for Pennsylvania Attorney General D. Michael Fisher.

Publications

Broad Street Brief: Budget Negotiations Between Mayor Kenney and City Council Continue, Federal Update: American Jobs Plan Negotiations Between White House and GOP Move to New Phase

June 10, 2021

City Council and Mayor Kenney are still working towards reaching a consensus around tax policy and key city investments. Changes to the wage tax, business and receipts tax, and the parking tax are still being debated.

Broad Street Brief: Council Looks to Incentivize Vaccines, New Police Oversight Board Passes Council

June 03, 2021

Members of City Council will review two proposals to incentivize vaccines citywide. The first proposal would give residents a $50 credit to use on Philadelphia Gas Works and Water Department bills, and the other would create $50 vouchers that can be used “in a manner to be determined by the City.” Both proposals would be capped at 100,000 vouchers.

Broad Street Brief: Councilmembers Quiñones-Sánchez and Gauthier Look to Reform Affordable Housing Requirements. Councilmember Johnson Seeks Demolition Moratorium for ‘Doctors’ Row’

May 27, 2021

New legislation proposed by Councilmembers Maria Quiñones-Sánchez and Jamie Gauthier is taking aim at how the city requires developers to support affordable housing.

Broad Street Brief: Council Approves Bonds to Finance Neighborhood Preservation Initiative; Majority Leader Parker Proposes Parking Tax Reduction

May 20, 2021

On Thursday, City Council passed legislation that authorized $400 million in bonds to finance the Neighborhood Preservation Initiative (NPI).

Broad Street Brief: City Announces Reopening Plan; Airport Worker Legislation Introduced; Budget Hearings Continue

May 13, 2021

On Tuesday, the Kenney administration announced that it would be lifting pandemic related restrictions on businesses. Restaurants, offices, casinos, museums, and other indoor venues will have increased capacity limits beginning May 21.

Broad Street Brief: Racial Equality; Tax Reductions; Gun Violence

May 06, 2021

On Monday, budget season officially began as City Council asked questions of the Kenney administration. Gun violence, racial equity, proposed tax reductions, and economic recovery were the main topics councilmembers raised during their questioning.

Broad Street Brief: Council Passes Legislation Prohibiting Marijuana Testing for Employment; Housing Transitions to Solar

April 29, 2021

On Thursday, City Council introduced a resolution to form a special committee that would create and recommend strategies to ensure equity and inclusion in city infrastructure projects.

Broad Street Brief: Details on the Mayor’s budget proposal, Proposal to protect renters; Funding for the School District; Land-value taxation

April 22, 2021

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Education

  • Lebanon Valley College, B.A., cum laude, 2001