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.
Director of Brand Innovation & Engagement
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.
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 Space4. 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.
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 SPACE4: Arts. 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.
Marketing & Communications Fellow
Maddie Weyand-Geise joined CulturalDC in January 2017 as the Marketing and Communications Intern to strategize press outreach, social media and marketing techniques for VISIONDC. As of September 2017, Maddie now works as the Marketing and Communications Fellow. Outside of CulturalDC, Maddie is a resident assistant and full-time student pursuing two BA degrees in Art History and Public Relations at American University.
Adjoa Akofio-Sowah joined CulturalDC in October of 2017 as Consulting Fellow. She will assist the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Initiatives with CulturalDC’s public art and creative placemaking projects. Adjoa will also assist the CulturalDC team with research, outreach, and development on a diverse group of initiatives across the District and Metro area.
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.
Community Outreach Fellow
Lizzy Barringer joined CulturalDC in September 2017 as Arts Initiatives Intern to support programs in the Mobile Art Gallery and creative placemaking initiatives throughout the District. Lizzy now works as Community Outreach Fellow where she coordinates volunteers and community engagement efforts. She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Geography and City and Regional Planning and has experience ranging from public space planning and community development to historic preservation.