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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.



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.



STEPHANIE ECHEVESTE Artspace Development Consultant

Stephanie has consulted for CulturalDC since 2017 and was previously the Placemaking Manager for Vornado/JBG Smith. She is an artist and entrepreneur focused on increasing happenstance and creativity in public space, privately-owned public spaces, and helping people be more creative through workshops and activations. Stephanie is now based in New York City, but is often found wandering the alleys of DC and has spent a countless number of hours thinking about how to make Crystal City happen.



LAURA GILBERT Development Fellow

Laura Gilbert joined CulturalDC in July of 2019 as the Development Fellow. In this position, Laura assists the team by maintaining the donation database, researching grants, and writing proposals. She also helps out with operations at Source Theatre. Beyond CulturalDC, Laura is an avid reader and short story writer. She recently graduated from George Washington University where she received her B.S. in Communication and Human Services and Social Justice.

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