Patricia Washington is President & CEO of Visit Alexandria, the destination marketing organization for the City of Alexandria, Virginia, named a Top 5 Best Small City in the U.S. 2020 for three consecutive years by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards and one of the South’s Best Cities 2020 by Southern Living.
Since arriving in 2012, Patricia led a rebranding effort positioning Alexandria as a destination for leisure and meetings with a rich and diverse history, independent boutiques and restaurants, vibrant arts and culture, and an evolving waterfront as brand pillars. Under her leadership, Visit Alexandria launched three brand campaigns; developed a robust national media relations effort; expanded video, photo, itinerary and blog content; and increased digital and social media marketing. As a result of these efforts, visitor spending, hotel occupancy, media stories and web visits have risen to record levels under her leadership. Patricia is responsible for Visit Alexandria’s vision, culture, and data-driven, content-first marketing strategy, which shine a light on Alexandria’s diverse and inclusive community.
Patricia serves on the US Travel Destination Council, Alexandria Arts Alliance board and is part of the Northern Virginia Tourism Partnership comprised of the five Northern Virginia DMOs. Patricia has a JD and BFA from Howard University.