Kent was born and raised on the plains of the Midwest before moving to Portland in 1999. As a child growing up in a very rural part of the country, Kent understands the benefit and importance of connection to others and the power of a strong imagination that play facilitates. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Dakota and has built his professional career around the trade of storytelling. In his current role at Edelman, he helps brands of all sizes from a variety of sectors connect and relate to their audiences effectively and authentically.

I was inspired by Cody's sharing his heartfelt story, and the inspiration for Harper's Playground at TedxPortland. Our mutual love of the Portland Timbers has helped create a relationship and ongoing conversation that I'm honored has now evolve to include my increased participation in supporting his vision to giving all kids access to play.

Kent Hollenbeck
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