Black Meetings and Tourism

May/June 2022

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Background Patricia Washington's path to the presidency began in Philadelphia, con- tinued to Washington, DC back to Philadelphia and ultimately to Alexan- dria, VA. Leaving family and friends she came To Howard University and earned a bachelor of fine arts and a law degree. With an eye toward aesthetic meaning, and substantive structure she worked with various Art Organizations as an attorney for the arts. Before moving to Alexandria in 2012, Washington worked for more than a decade as vice president of cultural tourism at the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (now known as Visit Philadelphia) where she worked on major citywide history, music, art, neighborhood tourism and outdoor recreation initiatives. Before entering the travel and tourism industry, Washington worked in philanthropy as a program officer at the William Penn Foundation in Philadelphia where she focused on Arts Camp; Culture and Children, Youth Camp; Families initiatives. Prior to that, Washington served as an assistant city solicitor in the City of Philadelphia Law Department and as program director for the Painted Bride Art Center a multidisciplinary arts organ- ization in Philadelphia. Washington has a JD and BFA from Howard University. She is smart, artistic, warm, efficient, and a yoga enthusiast. She serves on the Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership that represents all of the Northern VA DMOs - Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington, and Alexandria. She also serves on the Board of the Alexandria Arts Alliance, and is a former Board member of the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria historic Resources Commission. Conde Naste' recently named Alexandria, VA one of the top small cities in the United States. They began to lever- age that, because consumers were A C O N V E R S A T I O N W I T H PATRICIA WASHINGTON P R E S I D E N T / C E O O F V I S I T A L E X N D R I A BY DENNIS ROGERS B M & T ••• May/June 2022 ••• 15 BY DENNIS ROGERS

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