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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 | Kate AngeEmily Cassell
Ifiok Ibanga | Michelle Isabelle-Stark | Marc McCauley
Tara Palacios | Kelly Rindfusz | Michael Stiefvater

Staff Directory

Director's Office

The Director’s Office provides executive leadership to AED’s divisions and staff and is responsible for setting the department’s strategic direction. The Director’s Office regularly engages and collaborates with the County’s leadership, other departments, and partner organizations to advance Arlington’s economic development goals.

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

Kate Ange, Deputy Director
(703) 228-0840 | Email | Bio

Business Investment Group (BIG)

The Arlington Economic Development Business Investment Group (BIG) works with companies interested in starting, expanding or relocating their business to Arlington, VA. Primary services include providing industry and market data, real estate searches, navigating state and local incentives and supporting companies through County processes. 

Michael Stiefvater, 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. 

Adriana Bonilla, Assistant Director, Business Development
(703) 228-0807 | Email

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

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

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

Tally Wolff, Innovation Ecosystem Manager
(703) 228-0872 | Email

BizLaunch, Small Business

BizLaunch is Arlington’s small business and entrepreneurial resource network. BizLaunch helps to strengthen the small business and entrepreneurial ecosystem through innovative programming, one-on-one consultations, business intelligence, market research and access to capital — helping businesses start, grow and scale. 

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) 228-0838 | Email

Yeykin Valenzuela Pivaral, Small Business Manager
(703) 228-0865 | Email

The Creative Economy group serves as a bridge between Arlington’s robust tech sector and Arlington's creative industries sector. Here we highlight emerging and tech driven creative companies and promote the growth of small maker businesses in collaboration with other County departments, local universities and partnerships.

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


Real Estate Development

The Real Estate Development Group (REDG) provides technical assistance on commercial office, retail and hotel development opportunities within Arlington and monitors competitive market conditions and structures and manages a variety of public-private partnerships. REDG also provides advice and assistance on enhancing the appearance of commercial properties and serves as a liaison between the development community and Arlington County government agencies. 

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

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

Arlington Cultural Affairs

Arlington Cultural Affairs delivers public activities and programs as Arlington Arts. Our mission is to create, support and promote the arts, connecting artists and community to reflect the diversity of Arlington. We do this by providing material support to artists and arts organizations in the form of grants, facilities and technical resources; integrating award-winning public art into our built environment; and presenting high quality performing, literary, visual and new media programs across the County. 

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

Arts Enterprise

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

Jared Davis, Scenery Studio Manager 
(703) 228-6965 | Email

Kate Fleming, LAC Studio Administrator
(703) 228-0560 | Email

Lore Potoker, LAC Studio Administrator
(703) 228-0560 | Email

Community Arts

Sharon Raphael, Manager and Grant Administrator
(703) 228-0837 | Email

Cultural Development 

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

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

Cynthia Connolly, Special Projects Curator 
(703) 228-0818 | Email 

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

Facilities and Technical Services

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

Andres Luque Turriago, Head Theater Technician
(703) 228-6985 | Email

Public Art

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

Thomas Vannatter, Public Art Project Manager
703-228-3331 | Email

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

Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS)

ACVS promotes Arlington as a dynamic destination to stimulate economic growth from hotel stays and associated visitor spending. Through StayArlington sales, marketing and visitor services activities, ACVS shares Arlington’s national history and local flavor in colorful and compelling ways that draw people enthusiastically to Arlington from across the U.S. and beyond. 

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


The Communications Division is responsible for the overall brand identity of AED and develops all marketing and brand collateral and messaging, including the website, trade show materials and executive messaging. Staff leads all marketing and content efforts, manages social media strategy and collaborates with other divisions to ensure brand and messaging consistency across platforms.

Kelly Rindfusz, Director 

(703) 228-0890 | Email | Bio

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

Destiny Esper, Strategic Communications Manager 
(703) 228-0854 | Email

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

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

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


The Operations staff is responsible for the overall administration of AED’s County offices and ensuring the department works efficiently and in accordance with County policies. Staff handle technology requests, provide financial oversight and supervise all facilities and equipment management to ensure the smooth functioning of the department.

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

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

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

Maria Leonzo, HR/Administrative Specialist
(703) 228-0822 | Email