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Executive Director

Kristi joined the CulturalDC team in June of 2015, and was promoted to Executive Director effective October 2018.

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.

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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 playwright and director based in the DC area. Caplinger assistant directs for ArtStream’s Inclusive Theatre program, a musical performance opportunity for actors with disabilities. Caplinger received their B.A in Theatre (Arts Administration) and Leadership Studies at Christopher Newport University. 

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Operations & Business Associate

Peter Danelski joined CulturalDC in early 2018 as the Development Fellow. Pete is responsible for maintaining the operations and residency program at Source Theatre. He also 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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Lydia joined the CulturalDC team in the summer of 2018 and was promoted to Programs Fellow in Fall 2018. She maintains our volunteer corps, assists with community outreach and Mobile Art Gallery programming. Lydia practices in multiple mediums of fine art and enjoys learning new ways to blur the line between art and life. Lydia received her BA in Art & Design and Visual Arts Management from Columbia College.



SHUYANG WANG Marketing & Communications Intern

Shuyang joined the CulturalDC team in the fall of 2018. She works with the team to implement CulturalDC’s strategic communication plan. Some of her duties include producing writings for different media platforms, designing event promotional materials, and developing webpage contents. Shuyang is a interdisciplinary master’s candidate in communications, with a focus in graphic design and journalism. 

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NOAH GRANNUM Programs Intern

Noah Grannum joined the CulturalDC team in August 2018 as a Programs Intern. Noah assists with the planning and implementation of CulturalDC events, with heightened attention to the activities of the Mobile Art Gallery. In an idealistic scenario where free time exists, Noah could be found playing tennis, listening to music, and spending an abundance of time with his loved ones. Noah is a graduating senior at Howard University who, in May 2019, will be receiving a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Theatre Administration.

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