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Colleen Hawkinson, Executive Director

Colleen Hawkinson joined the Dupont Circle Business Improvement District as its first Executive Director in August 2018. She has 20 years of experience in urban planning focused on economic development, consensus-building, and infrastructure planning that prioritizes pedestrian and cycling safety.

Most recently, Colleen managed the Strategic Planning Branch at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). In this role, she prioritized funding for transportation projects and oversaw a team of eight planners focused on neighborhood studies, corridor plans, and environmental documentation. Colleen was the project manager of moveDC, DDOT’s long-range transportation plan. She was awarded the Women in Transportation Seminar’s (WTS) Innovative Transportation Solution Award in 2014 for her leadership of moveDC. Prior to working at DDOT, Hawkinson worked in the nonprofit and private sectors and will bring her well-rounded expertise to the iconic Dupont Circle neighborhood. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Colleen lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and their two daughters. You can find her hiking in Rock Creek Park, reading at the Petworth Library, and strolling at the Dupont Circle Farmers Market.


Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board: Michael Kain, Kain & Associates
First Vice-Chairman: Kathy Guy, JBG SMITH
Second Vice-Chairman: Louis Courembis, Courembis Companies
Treasurer: Pierre Abushacra, Firehook Bakery
Secretary: Dan Rigaux, Saul Urban

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