Meet The Staff
Holly Hankinson, Director Of Policy & Communications
Holly Hankinson is the Director of Policy and Communications for Councilmember Simpson. She handles all legislative matters and is the staff coordinator for the Youth Commission of Cincinnati and the Small Business Advisory Council. She also manages all media activities for the office.
Holly grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, graduating from Oak Hills High School before attending Denison University. While at Denison, Holly interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and studied abroad in London, England. After college, she earned her Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law.
Holly practiced law for several years at Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP, in Chicago, Illinois, with a focus on private equity and securities law. After leaving the firm, she worked on and managed several political campaigns in Chicago before moving back to her hometown in 2011.
Holly lives in Hyde Park with her husband and two children.
Beverly Hardy, Office Manager
Beverly Hardy, in her 2nd act of life, serves as Office Manager for Councilmember Yvette Simpson. She is the initial point of contact for the office, is responsible for day to day office operations, and manages special projects such as Cincinnati Youth 2 Work, the city’s summer employment consortium. In this role, Beverly utilizes her workforce development experience from her former positions as Director of the Youth Employment Service (YES) with the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Director of Youth Services with Urban League of Greater Cincinnati, and Executive Director of the Summer Work Experience in Law (SWEL).
As wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Beverly’s faith and family are precious to her, and she covets her peace of mind and heart. Beverly lives in Kennedy Heights with her husband. She has two children and two grandchildren, who share her heart and her time.
Kate Christoff-Scheetz, Director Of Community Engagement
Kate Christoff-Scheetz is the Director of Community Engagement for Councilmember Yvette Simpson, developing and maintaining relationships with community leaders and representatives within Cincinnati’s 52 neighborhoods. Kate serves as the liaison between neighborhood council representatives and Councilmember Simpson’s office. She regularly attends community council meetings and events to communicate City Council/Administration information to the communities and to relay community information and happenings back to City Hall.
Kate received her bachelor's degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. At Miami, Kate was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and the Varsity Track and Field Team. She also studied abroad in Moscow, Russia, and Differdange, Luxembourg, and interned at the American Embassy in Brussels.
After Miami, Kate began her career in public service as a legislative aide to former Ways and Means Chair, Ohio St. Rep. Sally Conway Kilbane, before earning her Juris Doctorate at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. After law school, Kate returned to her hometown of Lima, Ohio to work as an Assistant City Prosecutor.
Kate's love for Cincinnati brought her back in 2010. She feels honored and privileged to work with and for the great people of Cincinnati's 52 communities.