Our Team

With more than 100 years of combined experience, the principals and associates of Kaufman Zita Group are widely known as creative strategists, honest, and knowledgeable government affairs professionals. Our team’s effectiveness has been demonstrated again and again by the results we achieve for our clients.

Adam Kaufman
Principal
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Adam Kaufman - Principal

AKaufman@KZGrp.Com

Adam Kaufman brings over 25 years of professional public affairs achievement to the Kaufman Zita Group the firm he co-founded in 2007 with partner Patrizia “Trish” Zita. Over the past several years, Adam was ranked among the 100 most powerful political players in PolitickerNJ’s Annual Power List, a list of the most powerful and politically influential non-elected officials in New Jersey. In their publication, the editors of PolitickerNJ described how Adam and Trish “carved out one of the most successful lobbying firms in the state.”

Having held senior positions in state government, Adam understands how government works and how to make government work for you. Adam has represented an impressive array of private sector, association and non-profit clients and has an unparalleled ability to understand your business, identify your problem, craft a solution, and shepherd that solution through the winding and confusing corridors of government. That is why, for the past 25 years, he has been one of New Jersey’s most successful and respected government relations executives.

Particularly in the energy sector, Adam has a proven track record of providing expert guidance and representation to his energy clients and has substantially participated in every significant energy policy and regulatory initiative in New Jersey for the past 25 years.

Since 1992, Adam has represented the Independent Energy Producers of New Jersey (IEPNJ), a not-for-profit trade association that represents owners, developers and operators of non-utility electric generating facilities. Adam also serves as IEPNJ’s executive director.

Although these companies were investing billions of dollars in energy technologies and infrastructure, they were not acting collectively to advance and protect their common interests. Consequently, Adam created a distinct identity and an effective political program for an industry that had been unrecognized in governmental and political circles.  Directed by Adam, IEPNJ has established and fostered relationships with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, key legislators and policy makers influential in the energy sector, as well as environmental and energy reporters. As a result of this consistent and comprehensive outreach effort, IEPNJ is now a recognized leader in the independent power industry and a trusted voice in Trenton.

Adam began his career as Director of Government Relations at the 5,000 member New Jersey Dental Association. During his six-year tenure, he served as the principal legislative, regulatory and political analyst and created political education and fund-raising programs that achieved national acclaim.

In 1990, Adam was named Chief of Staff to New Jersey General Assembly Speaker Joseph V. Doria, Jr., managing the Office of the Speaker and serving as a senior advisor to the Assembly Democratic leadership on legislative and policy issues, media relations and politics. In 1992, Adam returned to his career as a professional government affairs advocate and has been making a difference for his clients ever since.

An avid art collector, Adam served for eight years as president of the New Jersey State Museum Board of Trustees. He is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Mr. Kaufman also holds an associate’s degree from the Eagleton Institute of American Politics and Policy at Rutgers University. He often shares his extensive experience as a guest lecturer on lobbying and New Jersey politics and government at Rutgers University, the Eagleton Institute of Politics, and the Rebovich Institute of Politics located at Rider University.

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Patrizia A. Zita
Principal
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Patrizia A. Zita - Principal

PZita@KZGrp.Com

Patrizia “Trish” Zita is a co-founder of Kaufman Zita Group, a New Jersey based government and public affairs firm. Trish co-founded the company with Adam Kaufman in 2007 and serves as the firm’s managing business partner. Trish has led her company forward, doubling annual revenue in 10 years. Today, Kaufman Zita Group is the 4th largest contract lobbying firm by revenue. Beyond managing the company, Trish provides front-line representation for several Fortune 500 as well as non-profit organizations, healthcare and trade association clients. Trish is known for her exceptional strategic instincts and extensive relationships with key decision makers.

Trish has been recognized as a prominent and influential business and political leader in NJ by various business and political publications. In 2017, NJBIZ named her to their “Power 100 List,” which identifies the most influential, successful, and powerful people in New Jersey business. NJBIZ also recognized Trish in 2008 as a dynamic business leader and one of their “Top Fifty Women In Business.” She has also been ranked among New Jersey’s 100 most powerful political players by PolitickerNJ every year since 2013.

In 2013, Trish was featured in Forbes Magazine as a premier women business leader and in 2016, Executive Women of New Jersey (EWNJ) honored Trish for her trailblazing work as one of New Jersey’s most influential and accomplished women leaders. The award recognized 38 of the most successful women leaders in the state.

Trish began her lobbying career with the Chemical Industry Council of New Jersey, a trade association representing 100 chemical and pharmaceutical companies in the state. She successfully negotiated passage of several critical laws affecting industry operations and business practices dealing with taxation, environmental issues and energy use.

Prior to that, Trish served as a Research Associate for the New Jersey General Assembly, responsible for legislation and policy development in several major issue areas including health, insurance, education, and social services. She also served as a legislative assistant for the New York General Assembly and assisted the chairmen of the Health and Small Business Committees.

Trish is active in several organizations, including the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey. She served as chair of the Political Action Committee, and on the Advisory Committee of their Public Affairs Council. Currently, Trish serves on the Board of Trustees of CASA of Mercer and Burlington Counties, a non-profit organization that advocates for children removed from their families due to abuse or neglect.

Trish earned her undergraduate degree from Syracuse University’s Utica College and completed her Masters studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Center of Government.

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Anthony Cimino
Hon. Anthony J. “Skip” Cimino
Partner
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Anthony Cimino
Hon. Anthony J. “Skip” Cimino - Partner

ACimino@KZGrp.Com

With a prominent career in both the public and private sectors, The Honorable Anthony “Skip” Cimino provides our clients with strategic counsel, legislative insight and access to policymakers. Having served as a Director and Operating Executive, a cabinet member in former New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio’s administration and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly, Skip understands the internal dynamics of the corporate world, how corporate interests intersect with those of the administration, and how those interests are affected by and can be used to impact lawmakers’ decisions under the dome.

After five years as President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) University Hospital in Hamilton, Skip gained an understanding of every clinical aspect of health care and garnered extensive expertise in the business of health care. He joined the hospital’s board 26 years ago and served as the board’s Chairman and Vice Chairman during his tenure. Skip was named President and CEO of the hospital in June 2009.

Prior to joining RWJ/Hamilton as CEO, Skip was a Director of CMX, a $150 million multi-disciplined national professional design firm, and was named President of CMX in 2007. Skip has also served as a Director of the Spiezle Architectural Group, a 60-year old firm with a significant portfolio in higher education, healthcare, and primary and secondary education. This spring, Skip will be sworn in as Chairman of the Board at Spiezle.

Prior to his work in the private sector, Skip served as a member of New Jersey Gov. Jim Florio’s cabinet as the Commissioner of Personnel, where he oversaw the state’s personnel system implemented throughout New Jersey’s 20 counties and 334 municipalities. During his tenure, he also served on the Executive Commission on Ethical Standards and the Pension and Health Benefits Review Commission.

Before his term as Commissioner, Skip served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1988-1992, where he represented the 14th Legislative District. He served on multiple committees, including education, state government, child care and land use. During his tenure, he was appointed Chairman of the Assembly State Operations and Personnel Committee. As an assemblyman, Skip successfully introduced the nation’s first bicycle helmet law to prevent brain injury in children younger than 14 years old, a policy that gained so much support it is now standard practice in 21 states.

Before his term as assemblyman, Skip served as a Mercer County freeholder for six years, where he was Board President, and as a member of the Hamilton Township Board of Education, serving two terms as President.

Skip earned his undergraduate degree at Providence College and, having also studied at Georgetown University, he graduated from the New Jersey Military Academy as a commissioned second lieutenant.

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Jeannine Frisby LaRue
Hon. Jeannine Frisby LaRue
Senior Vice President
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Jeannine Frisby LaRue
Hon. Jeannine Frisby LaRue - Senior Vice President

JLaRue@KZGrp.Com

The Honorable Jeannine Frisby LaRue’s clients depend on her extensive contacts, relationships, and knowledge gained over a 40 year career that included policy, governmental, and political positions throughout the state. She joined KZG in 2011 after retiring from Rutgers University as Vice President of Public Affairs, where she served in the University President’s Cabinet and was charged with advancing the University’s goals of cultivating and maintaining relationships with key leaders in the public and private sectors.

Prior to joining the University’s administration, Jeannine served as Deputy Chief of Staff for former New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine. She remained in that post for two years and oversaw the Office of Appointments, the Office of Constituency Services and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

From 1996-2006, Jeannine was Senior Vice President of Governmental Affairs for Saint Barnabas Health Care System. During her decade-long tenure at the System, Jeannine advised the CEO, senior management and physicians on legislative and regulatory matters.

Jeannine was appointed by Governor James J. Florio to the Casino Control Commission and served for 5 years on the body that oversees and regulate all casino operations in New Jersey.  Prior to that appointment, Jeannine served for 10 years as the chief lobbyist for the New Jersey Education Association.  A former English teacher, Jeannine counts adjunct professor, college administrator and  Trustee for the Camden County College and the Essex County College among the many positions she has held.  She served 12 years in elective office serving both on her local school board and her town council.

Jeannine has long been a champion of issues affecting women and children.  She convened the first ever Statewide Women’s Summit in 1992.  The success of that event was noted by then Governor Whitman who, in 1994, made the annual event a function of state government and changed the name to The Governor’s Conference for Women.  That event has continued under every governor since and today attracts more than 2,000 participants annually.  Jeannine continues to be involved in organizing that event today.

Honored by more than 60 organizations, Jeannine is a graduate of Glassboro State College, now known as Rowan University.

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Edward McGlynn
Edward R. McGlynn, Esq.
Senior Counsel for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
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Edward McGlynn
Edward R. McGlynn, Esq. - Senior Counsel for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

EMcGlynn@KZGrp.Com

Both a lawyer and a lobbyist, Edward (“Ed”) McGlynn is well-known and widely respected for his depth of knowledge of state government and politics.  A former Chief of Staff to Governor Thomas H. Kean, Ed brings a lifetime of public affairs experience to KZG clients. With  four decades in the public and private sectors, Ed knows how to create and implement strategies that will help your organization succeed and achieve its goals.

Ed began his career in state government in 1982 as Special Assistant Deputy Attorney General and became one of the longest serving Governor’s Chief of Staff after holding the post for Governor Tom Kean’s entire second term from 1985 to 1990.

After leaving government, he practiced law at Robinson, St. John & Wayne and provided public affairs and lobbying services at the Alman Group.  Prior to joining KZG, Ed operated his own consulting firm, ERM Government Affairs, where he represented major corporations, small businesses, as well as numerous associations and non-profit organizations at all levels of government throughout the state.

For the past ten years, Ed has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of McKendree University, his alma mater in Lebanon, Illinois.  Ed has also served on numerous state boards and commissions including The State House Commission, The Board of Meridian Health System’s Government Affairs, Health Resources, and Nursing & Rehabilitation Boards, and the New Jersey Racing Commission where he was appointed by Governor Christine Todd Whitman and reappointed by Governors Richard Codey and James McGreevey.

Ed also serves as the General Counsel to Jenkinson’s Boardwalk and their related entities, a position he has held since 1992.

Ed is a member of the New Jersey and New York Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the United States Third Judicial Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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Beth Dohm
Beth Dohm
Senior Vice President
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Beth Dohm
Beth Dohm - Senior Vice President

BDohm@KZGrp.Com

Beth Dohm has provided legislative and public affairs counsel to major corporations, trade and professional associations during her career. Beth has experience on a broad range of policy issues, with particular expertise in healthcare, financial services, telecommunications and general business issues. Beth’s success comes from developing a deep understanding of her client’s issues and the reputation she has earned with senior-level policy makers as an honest, informed and credible advocate. Beth directs our internal Client Services program and manages all client agendas and fundraising efforts.  She ensures that our clients are all kept abreast of legislative, regulatory, and political developments that impact their business.

Beth began her career as a legislative aide to two former state legislators from Bergen County.  Her time in government helped her understand not just how the process works, but what factors shape policy makers assessment of the choices they face.  Beth understands that success requires more than knowing your issue, it requires knowing your audience and the unique perspectives and concerns they bring to the discussion.

Beth is a graduate of Rutgers College in New Brunswick, NJ, and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science.  She has been with KZG since its inception and has worked as a professional lobbyist since 1998.

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Eric Orlando
Eric Orlando
Vice President
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Eric Orlando
Eric Orlando - Vice President

EOrlando@KZGrp.Com

Eric Orlando has been providing legislative and public affairs counsel to a variety of clients for more than a decade.  His experience includes policy development, strategic outreach / coalition development, direct advocacy, and research.

He has managed complex policy initiatives and negotiated successful outcomes in the legislative and regulatory arenas. He is a tireless advocate who succeeds by understanding the issues better than his adversaries, crafting arguments to support his goals that are based on facts, and maintaining a portfolio of relationships with the policymakers and staff that matter.  As a result, Eric is widely respected by not only his clients, but by those whose opinions he seeks to shape.

Eric began his career as a legislative aide to former Assemblywoman Connie Myers and is a graduate of Lafayette College.

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Vincent LeGrand
Legislative Associate
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Vincent LeGrand - Legislative Associate

VLeGrand@KZGrp.Com

Vincent LeGrand provides legislative support, research, comprehensive bill tracking, and daily news clips for Kaufman Zita Group clients.

Prior to joining the Kaufman Zita Group, Vincent worked as an Operations Associate for Twitter, where he facilitated communication and information on projects amongst various internal departments and clients. Prior to that, he worked on numerous political campaigns and for organizations at the federal, state and local levels, where he helped candidates, labor organizations, and political committees achieve success by conducting research, tracking developments, and building coalitions. He also worked as an Intern for United States Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) where he conducted extensive research and analysis on various federal public policy matters.

Vincent holds a BA degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, where he graduated with summa cum laude honors.

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Elizabeth Ortiz
Elizabeth Ortiz
Finance & Administrative Manager
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Elizabeth Ortiz
Elizabeth Ortiz - Finance & Administrative Manager

EOrtiz@KZGrp.Com

Elizabeth Ortiz runs the day-to-day operations of the Kaufman Zita Group. She is responsible for coordinating support staff, purchasing, payroll and accounting. Liz previously served as manager of administration at another NJ-based government affairs firm, bringing over six years of governmental experience.

Prior to joining the Kaufman Zita Group, Liz served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Assembly Majority Office and to the Speaker of the General Assembly in Trenton.   She was responsible for coordinating legislative activities for Assembly members, as well as providing administrative support to the Executive Director and the Division of Policy and Planning.

Liz also held positions as secretary to the director of intergovernmental affairs in the Assembly Majority Office and as confidential secretary in the New Jersey Public Guardian’s office. Liz is fluent in Spanish and resides in Lawrence Township, New Jersey.

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Kisha Howard
Kisha Howard
Executive Assistant
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Kisha Howard
Kisha Howard - Executive Assistant

KHoward@KZGrp.Com

Kisha Howard provides administrative and scheduling support for Adam Kaufman and Patrizia Zita. She provides direct administrative support to Kaufman Zita Group’s staff and assists in daily office operations.

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