By Megan Sayles,
AFRO Business Writer,
Allyson Browne McKithen is now the first Black woman to lead the World Trade Center in Washington, D.C. (WTCDC).
Since mid-December, she has been executive director and vice president of international programs at Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA), which is owned by the Drew Company, overlooking the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC).
“I am thrilled and honored to lead this diverse and extraordinary team. The start of my new role coincides with the continued emergence of the local and global economy from the pandemic period,” said McKithen.
“A key emphasis of our team is to re-engage with key strategic partners in the international business, diplomatic and government trade policy communities to understand their new normal and how we can collaborate on common initiatives going forward. At a time when all organizations are facing resource challenges, identifying opportunities for partnership is an important tool in rebuilding stability and resilience in our networks locally, nationally and globally.”
In her new role, McKithen is planning international trade missions, as well as working to strengthen international relationships, support international business development initiatives and create international and cultural programming and events.
“We are pleased to see Allyson step into this pivotal role, she has exhibited exceptional leadership, event management and diplomacy, day in and day out,” said John P. Drew, president and CEO of TCMA and president of the Drew Company, in a press release. “Her passion, skills and expertise will, no doubt, advance WTCDC and lead to new and exciting business opportunities under her direction.”
Megan Sayles is a Report for America corps member.
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