Destination DC (DDC) has announced key promotions at the executive level. Claire Carlin has been named senior vice president, partnerships and alliances, while Tara Miller has been named director of global sales.
Carlin is a proven leader focusing on the needs of DDC’s partners, members and the American Experience Foundation (AEF). She joined DDC in 2015 as VP, partnerships and alliances. She leads a team that manages nearly 1,000 members, plus 30 sponsors and strategic partners. In addition, a DEI Business Fellowship program was created under her leadership. The program offers free membership and technical training to businesses owned by historically underrepresented groups. In the first two years of the program, 50 businesses have participated.
Concurrently, Carlin is the executive director of Destination DC’s affiliated charity, the American Experience Foundation. The foundation enriches the lives of students through inspirational travel experiences, and educational opportunities to cultivate the next generation of hospitality industry professionals. AEF serves hundreds of students annually through field trips, internships, workforce development experiences and scholarships.
Outside of DDC, Carlin is treasurer of the Rorschach Theatre Board of Directors, serves on the Theatre Washington Development Committee and was a founding board member of the Capital Fringe Festival. She was honored as a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow and named hospitality industry partner of the year by the DC Office of the State Superintendent for Education.
As a destination expert, Miller uses her experience in destination marketing to highlight what sets Washington, D.C. apart while promoting the city’s global access, intellectual capital and amenities for business events in the city. Her work in “Connected Capital” has positioned D.C. on the global meetings stage for its network of federal policymakers, prospective industry sponsors and expert speakers. With “Connected Community,” Miller has aligned associations with legacy projects that connect and impact local communities. She develops and executes the strategy to attract international meetings and global business events to Washington, D.C.
She rejoined DDC in 2017 as the senior manager of international sales, after originally helping to launch its international convention sales program in 2012. Miller now leads global event sales, marketing, business development and strategic programs, including Washington, D.C.’s Ambassador Circle and International Business Events Council.
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