June 27, 2022 – National Cherry Blossom Festival Welcomes New Board Chair, David Moran


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National Cherry Blossom Festival Welcomes New Board Chair, David Moran

Festival Expresses Gratitude to Outgoing Board Chair, Richard Bradley

Washington, D.C. [JUNE 27, 2022] – The National Cherry Blossom Festival today announced that David Moran, area director of operations for Clyde’s Restaurant Group, is the new chair for the board of directors. Moran has served on the Festival board since 2019. He has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 32 years and, in his role at Clyde’s, oversees seven restaurants across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

“Since 1995 I have had the honor of running the Old Ebbitt Grill and a front row seat to see the growth and impact the National Cherry Blossom Festival has had on our city and, in particular, the hospitality industry,” said Moran. “I firmly believe the Festival has been a big part of D.C.’s economic revival as it brings hundreds of thousands of visitors to our city each year to celebrate something we can all share in together – the hope and renewal each Spring brings highlighted by the beautiful cherry trees that signify peace and fellowship. It’s with tremendous pride that I hope to help continue to grow the Festival in its scope and impact.”

“I look forward to working more closely with David as we continue to build the Festival brand and engage people across the D.C. area and the country, and even the world,” said Diana Mayhew, president and CEO for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Moran replaces outgoing chair Richard Bradley, principal with The Urban Partnership, who served from 2016-2022. Bradley will continue to serve as a board advisor.

“We’re so grateful for the years of guidance and support Rich has invested in the National Cherry Blossom Festival – not only in his role as board chair for the past six years, but being there right from the beginning, through his role as the former president of the DCBID as we transitioned this organization starting in 2000,” said Mayhew. “Our shared vision, to take the celebration beyond the Tidal Basin and throughout D.C. and the region, has become a reality. We’re thrilled Rich has agreed to continue serving as a member of the Festival board.”

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Board has two other new incoming members: Angela Franco, president & CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce, and I-Shi Patterson-Stuart, director, operations and administration at the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington.


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great celebrations of spring. Hosted from March 20-April 17, the 2022 Festival included four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming that promoted traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty, and community spirit. The 2023 Festival will be held March 20-April 16.

Visit NationalCherryBlossomFestival.org or call 877.44.BLOOM for more information, and check out Facebook (@CherryBlossomFestival), Instagram (@CherryBlossFest), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest), and YouTube (@NationalCherryBlossomFestivalDC). The Festival is supported by Leadership Circle Sponsors Events DC and Amazon.