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AED Staff

We’re Here To Help You

Arlington Economic Development staff are passionate about helping your organization excel in one of the most dynamic places in the nation.  

Arlington, VA is truly an amazing location, filled with some of the most successful companies, charming neighborhoods and brilliant minds in the country. We will go to great lengths to ensure that you and your employees have access to everything you need to achieve your goals.

Leadership Team

Read Our Leadership Team Bios:
 Ryan Touhill | Marian Marquez | Ifiok Ibanga
Emily Cassell | Michelle Isabella-Stark | Marc McCauley
Tara Palacios | Kelly Rindfusz | Michael Stiefvater

Staff Directory

Director's Office

Ryan Touhill, Director, Arlington Economic Development 
(703) 228-0850 | Email | Bio

Marian Marquez, Acting Deputy Director 
(703) 228-0807 | Email | Bio

 Ifiok Ibanga, Acting Assistant Director
(703) 228-0841 | Email | Bio 

 

Business Investment Group (BIG)

Michael Stiefvater, Acting  Director, Business Investment Group
(703) 228-0827 | Email | Bio

Business Development 

Contact Business Development if you are a new business interested in Arlington County or an existing business looking for opportunities to further engage or expand your business operations. Primary services include real estate searches, incentives, on-site business visits, workforce development, connections to local universities and strategic partners, and liaison services for local and state government agencies. 

Adam J. Henry, CEcD, Senior Business Development Manager 
Targeted Industries: IT & Emerging TechMedia & Digital Content 
(703) 228-0809 | Email

Sumeet Saini, Business Development Manager
(703) 228-0813 | Email

Marc G. Smith, Senior Business Development Manager 
Targeted Industries: Corporate & Regional Headquarters
(703) 228-0821 | Email

Sindy Yeh, Senior Business Ambassador 
Targeted Industries: Aerospace & DefenseCybersecurityGovernment Contracting ServicesNonprofit Organizations & Associations 
(703) 228-0858 | Email 

Business Intelligence 

Contact Business Intelligence for demographic, workforce, and talent research and real estate data relating to Arlington County and the Northern Virginia region. 

Brandon Bedford, Assistant Director, Business Intelligence 
(703) 228-0816 | Email 

Troy Palma, Regional Economist 
(703) 228-0859 | Email 

Conor Courtney, Strategic Initiatives Manager 
(703) 228-0872 | Email 

Melissa Hines, Senior Marketing Manager 
(703) 228-0826 | Email

BizLaunch, Small Business

Tara Palacios, Director 
(703) 228-0853 | Email | Bio

Prakriti Deuja, BizLaunch Administrative Specialist 
(703) 228-0861 | Email 

Alex Held, Small Business Manager 
(703) 228-0865 | Email 

Lourdes Morales, Business Consultant 
(703) 228-0802 | Email

Real Estate Development

Marc McCauley, Director 
(703) 228-0835 | Email | Bio

Valerie Weiner, Commercial Development
(703) 228-0836 | Email

Elizabeth King, Commercial Development
(703) 228-1841 | Email

Creative Economy

Susan Soroko, Director 
(703) 228-1837 | Email

Arlington Cultural Affairs

Michelle Isabelle-Stark, Director 
(703) 228-0867 | Email | Bio

Arts Enterprise

Joan M. Lynch, Director
(703) 228-1852 | Email

Sharon Raphael, Project Manager 
(703) 228-0837 | Email

Cultural Development 

Josh Stoltzfus, Deputy Director 
(703) 228-0829 | Email

Jim Byers, Marketing Director 
(703) 228-1847 | Email 

Cynthia Connolly, Visual Art Curator 
(703) 228-0818 | Email 

Antoinette Essex, Facilities Manager 
(703) 228-1838 | Email 

Jared Davis, Scene Shop Manager 
(703) 228-6965 | Email 

Kylene King, Program Coordinator 
(703) 228-0830 | Email 

Andres Luque Turriago, Facilities Manager    
(703) 228-6985 | Email

Public Art

Angela Adams, Director, Arlington Public Art 
(703) 228-3553 | Email  

Deirdre Ehlen, Public Art Project Manager 
(703) 228-3331 | Email

Tomora Wright, Public Art Project Manager
703-228-3771 | Email

Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS)

Emily Cassell, Director  

(703) 228-0875 | Email | Bio

Scott Baker, Marketing Manager 
(703) 228-0877 | Email 

Monica Cannon, Visitor and Convention Services Manager 
(703) 228-0874 | Email 

Portia Conerly, Director of Sales, Arlington Convention and Visitors Service 
(703) 228-0873 | Email

Paola Fernandez, Marketing Coordinator
(571) 752-9677 | Email

Roxana Rivera, Destination Sales Manager
(703) 228-5108 | Email

Robert "Mo" Rouse, Visitors Service & Film Office Coordinator 
(703) 228-0889 | Email

Communications

 Kelly Rindfusz, Director 

(703) 228-0890 | Email | Bio

Cara O'Donnell, Assistant Director
(703) 228-0854 | Email

Jennifer Aguilar, Events and Email Marketing Manager 
(703) 228-0569| Email

Brent Horsley, Multi-media Marketing Manager 
(703) 228-0894 | Email 

Linda Keens, Web Manager 
(703) 228-0833 | Email

Sarah Van Velsor, Digital Strategist 
(703) 228-1844 | Email

Administration/Operations

 Ifiok Ibanga, Acting Assistant Director

(703) 228-0841 | Email | Bio

Jennifer Biehl, Salesforce Administrator 
(703) 228-0831 | Email

Rebecca Graham, Management & Budget Specialist
(703) 228-0855 | Email

Maria Leonzo, Human Resources Manager
(703) 228-0822 | Email 

Mike Powell, Business System Analyst 
(703) 228-0870 | Email 

Lorena Rodriguez, Operations Support Manager 
(703) 228-0862 | Email