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Board & Team

Meet Our Team

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. Contact Colleen: 

Board of Directors

Board Meetings fall on the second Thursday of the month. For more details, please email

Executive Committee

Chair: Patrick Kain – Kain & Associates
Second Vice-Chair: Reed Landry – Mission Group
Secretary: Louis Courembis – Courembis Companies
Treasurer: Michael McCarthy – Quadrangle Development Corporation

Board Members

Pierre Abushacra – Firehook Bakery
Ruth Gresser – Pizzeria Paradiso
Joshua Guelbart – Post Brothers
William Verno – RB Properties
William Stevens – The RMR Group 
Joe Stoshak – Public Citizen
Sheri Swain – Donohoe Hospitality Services