Executive Director

Ava LaTanya Hilton joined CulturalDC’s Board of Directors in 2015, served as Interim Executive Director, and was elected to Executive Director in April 2017.

Although Tanya started her career with IBM and translated her technology experience through an IBM sponsored MBA program at Harvard University and studies at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in England for a Masters; into large scale organization transformations, leading consulting practices in the non-profit, private, and public sectors for PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Booz Allen Hamilton; her roots in the arts run deep.

She was a performing artist in the US and Europe, her dad was a Motown Legend, and her sister is currently an award-winning actor, playwright and director. Her innovative work with non-profit organizations continued through her consulting group Hilton Advisors LLC, and her service as a member of several Boards highlights her ongoing commitment to stewardship.


Deputy Director

Kristi joined the CulturalDC team in June of 2015.  She leads all fundraising and marketing efforts for all CulturalDC programs and initiatives.

Kristi brings over 15 years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations including the Corcoran College of Art and Design, Rubell Family Collection, Conner Smith, Hamiltonian Artists and the National Gallery of Art.

Kristi received her BFA in Photography from James Madison University and her MA in Arts Management from American University.  She lives in Shaw with her husband and daughter.


Operations Manager

Jennifer Osborn has been part of the CulturalDC team since 2014. A wide range of jobs and experiences including event planning, film production, and performance lead her to the District and CulturalDC. Jennifer oversees the day to day operations and venue rentals at Source while assisting with logistics for the Works-In-Progress and Mobile Art Gallery. You can find Jennifer as Assistant to Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) on the award winning Netflix series House of Cards as well as working in various DC Theater venues as an actor, Box Office Manager and general contractor.


Arts Associate

Rachel Burley joined CulturalDC in July 2016 as Gallery Fellow and was promoted to Arts Associate in 2017. Rachel coordinates gallery exhibitions, performances, and community engagement projects for the Mobile Art Gallery and Works-In-Progress. She has worked in several different capacities at art galleries and museums around the District since making her home in the city in 2014. 


External Engagement Associate

Caitlin M Caplinger joined CulturalDC in December 2016 as Development Fellow and was promoted to External Engagement Associate in 2017. Caplinger’s work ranges from development to design to community outreach. They are a freelance director and playwright based in the DC area. Caplinger assistant directs for ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre program, a musical performance opportunity for actors with disabilities; they also help teach a Shakespeare class for ArtStream’s educational programming. Caplinger received their B.A in Theatre (Arts Administration) and Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University. 

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Development Fellow

Peter Danelski joined CulturalDC in early 2018. He assists with fundraising and grants management, including research, proposals and reports. Outside of CulturalDC, Peter is a theatre-maker, researcher and writer, having worked throughout DC, Philadelphia and New York. As a theatre scholar his work has been presented nationally.

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Public Art Consulting Fellow

Shayna joined the CulturalDC team in the summer of 2018. She does project management for new artspaces, installations, and events in the D.C. area, where she is a proud native. Shayna brings experience in real estate development and local arts organizations, as well as a passion for public art. Presently, she is a candidate for a Master's in Urban & Regional Planning at Georgetown University. She is also a metalsmith and photographer. Shayna received her B.A. in Studio Art at Indiana University in Bloomington.