- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 10, 2005

Angela Fox, a former owner of a business strategy and marketing consulting firm, is the new executive director of Cultural Tourism DC.

The nonprofit coalition of more than 140 cultural, historic and neighborhood organizations was started in 1996 to help preserve the District’s neighborhood heritage.

Ms. Fox, 36, said she wants to “ensure a clean, smooth transition” into her new role.

“This organization is involved in a great deal of projects, and I want to make sure those don’t fall off the table,” she said.

The organization is focusing on a series of self-guided walking tours throughout the city called Heritage Trails. Four tours are operating so far; the group plans to finish devising another tour in June and one in September, she said.

The organization also is collaborating with the mayor’s office for planning and economic development, other businesses, government agencies and community activists on the Duke Plan, which aims to revitalize Washington’s Shaw neighborhood.

Ms. Fox said she is concerned about stimulating development east of the Anacostia River so that “the heritage is not lost in the process.”

Incorporating performance arts into the organization’s mission is another idea Ms. Fox has. She serves as board chairwoman of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and recently helped the theater raise $8.5 million.

Michael Fitzpatrick, chairman of Cultural Tourism DC’s board of directors, said Ms. Fox’s enthusiasm for the District and her skill as a fundraiser make her an asset to the organization.

“I think Angie has first and foremost a passion for the city and a deep love for its cultural life, as well as a real desire to expand the cultural richness of Washington,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “She has a proven track record of raising substantial amounts of money for nonprofits.”

Ms. Fox has built a solid background in business, spearheading large projects at major corporations and starting her own business. She joined the executive development program at Bell Atlantic — now Verizon Communications Inc. — after graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991.

Ms. Fox left Bell after eight years and joined Simplexity, an electronic-commerce transaction Web site, where she served as vice president for product development and then for strategic development.

In 2001, she started a business strategy and marketing firm called Fox Oliver, which focused on working with the disability community. She has since closed the company.

Ms. Fox and her husband, Jim Oliver, live in Arlington with their 21-month-old son, Patton.

Andrew Johnson

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