David James

Vice President, Media Relations

David James joined the U.S. Travel Association in the fall of 2021 and serves as the organization’s vice president of media relations.

Bridgett Hebert

Senior Director, Industry Communications

Bridgett Hebert is senior director, industry communications for U.S. Travel Association.

Nicole Porter

Vice President, Political Affairs - PAC and Grassroots

Nicole Porter is the vice president of political affairs - PAC and grassroots for U.S. Travel Association.

Kristen Sullivan

Director, Marketing Services

Kristen is the director of marketing services for U.S. Travel Association.

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Samantha Brown

Travel Ambassador

Samantha Brown is a travel expert and the host of the PBS television series “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love.” She serves as travel ambassador for the U.S. Travel Association.


Aaron Szyf


Aaron Szyf is an Economist with the U.S. Travel Association where he focuses on the economic impact of travel to and within the United States. 

Fred Dixon

Fred Dixon

President and CEO

Fred Dixon is president and CEO of NYC & Company and co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition.

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Elliott L. Ferguson, II

President and CEO

Elliott L. Ferguson, II is president and CEO of Destination DC and national chair of U.S. Travel Association.

Philip Lovas

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism

Phil Lovas is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Travel and Tourism at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Angie Briggs

Angie Briggs

Vice President, Industry Relations

Angie Briggs is vice president of industry relations for the U.S. Travel Association. She is focused on engagement and growth across all member levels of the association. Briggs is a frequent traveler, spending time in-market collaborating with U.S. Travel’s national membership.