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American Experience Foundation Team

The American Experience Foundation benefits from the support of the entire Destination DC team and professionals at its 1,000 member businesses.

AEF Leadership Committee

Michael Akin, Co-Chair, President, LINK Strategic Partners
Greg Casten, Co-Chair, President, Oceanpro Industries
Benoit Barroud, ‎General Manager, Big Bus Tours DC
Nizam Ali, Co-Owner, Ben's Chili Bowl 
Michael Black, General Manager of Operations, Uber DC
Elliott Ferguson, President & CEO, Destination DC
James MacGregor, Publisher, Washington Business Journal
Gregory McCarthy, Vice President Community Engagement, Washington Nationals 
Thomas Penny, President, Donohoe Hospitality Services
Stacy Smith, General Manager, Hyatt Place National Mall
Gail Smith-Howard, General Manager, Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

AEF Staff

Claire Carlin
Executive Director, American Experience Foundation
VP, Partnerships & Alliances, Destination DC
202-789-7048
claire [at] americanexperiencefoundation.org

Lisa Waldschmitt
​Foundation Manager
202-789-7065
lisa [at] americanexperiencefoundation.org