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Congratulations to Theresa Belpulsi, DDC’s vice president of tourism, sports and visitor services, on celebrating 20 years of service at DDC. DDC is fortunate to benefit from Theresa’s dedication to the city and her work to grow our tourism impact from overseas visitors, group travelers, students, athletes and more. 


Yvette Downs joins DDC as its new events manager. Yvette has 12 years of experience in event production and an educational background in hospitality management and film production. She's a Washington, DC native and cannot wait to bring people back to the city she calls home.


Diamond Hunter is the new partnerships and alliances assistant for DDC. Diamond is a proud American Experience Foundation Scholarship Recipient. She completed her undergraduate studies at Temple University, where she received a Bachelor's of Business Administration in Marketing and also served as the President of the National Association of Black Accountants.


Courtney Scott joins DDC as its new events coordinator. Courtney received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Bowie State University and a Master's in Media Management from The New School. She has previously worked for Howerton & Wooten Events, Viaom/BET, Apple and WebbMason Marketing.


Asia White is DDC's new marketing coordinator. Asia received a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Norfolk State University. She spent the last five years working as the marketing & communications assistant for Visit Virginia Beach, where she became skilled in partner relations, CRM/CMS platforms, analytics, destination and event marketing and event management.


Jenna Wiese was promoted from the position of senior manager, in-house group sales to the position of national account director. Jenna will be handling the corporate market. 


New DDC Members

Selina Union Market Washington DC

Selina is a Latin-inspired urban oasis for digital nomads with beautifully designed accommodations, co-working spaces, artist studios and meeting rooms with a rooftop.


Pendry Washington D.C. - The Wharf

The hotel will feature 131 guestrooms and suites, three signature dining and bar concepts, a state-of-the-art Spa - Pendry and 5,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.


American Experience Foundation

After 25 years at Jackson-Reed [formerly Wilson] High School, Alex Wilson, Director of the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, is retiring at the end of this school year. Alex is always present with an infectious smile and is one of the most outspoken champions for young people in our city. He continually finds new learning opportunities for his Academy students. Starting with one academy in 1997 with 120 students, there are now seven career academies with over 1,100 students at Jackson-Reed. These students reflect the diversity of the largest and most diverse high school in the DMV.


This summer, organizations across the city have begun to welcomed interns through the Career Ready Internship Program. The American Experience Foundation helped place over 50 high school students with host employers across the city. The American Experience Foundation proudly to hosted 11 students for six weeks this summer:

  • Camiyah Price, Ballou High School
  • Charity Jones, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Destanie Coleman, Coolidge High School
  • Dominga Trice, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Erick Torres Flores, Coolidge High School
  • Heaven Taylor, Coolidge High School
  • Jahmiaya Mosley, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Kori Johnson, Coolidge High School
  • Marcella Carroll, Ballou High School
  • Nia Diggs, Jackson-Reed High School
  • Samuel Grand, Jackson-Reed High School

Interns explored how sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion values can and do come to life in the travel and tourism industry. They met with hoteliers, leaders in the arts, restaurants, government, community partners and more.


DDC Careers

Check out DDC's latest job openings and share with your networks and colleagues.


Industry Careers

Search or add your job openings to the DC travel, tourism and hospitality careers page. Email your company name, job title and link to [email protected]. Positions will be posted for 30 days. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].


Check out the full Destination DC Member News to learn more about what's going on this month.

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