Our Team

OUR TEAM

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EXECUTIVE OFFICE

PRESIDENT

Diana Mayhew

Diana Mayhew

dmayhew@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7596

Vice President

Lillian Iversen

Lillian Iversen

liversen@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7584

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

JoAnn Nasser

JoAnn Nasser

jnasser@ncbfdc.org
202.626.1139

Business Development & Sponsorship

Director of Development & Partnerships

Morgan Hannell

Morgan Hannell

mhannell@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8363

Community Partnerships

TaKeyia Dickens

tdickens@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8372

Sponsorship Coordinator

Reiko Hirai

reiko@happi-events.com
202.638.8363

Business Development & Partnerships Contractor

Jessica Brown

jbrown@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8364

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Director of Marketing & Communications

Meg Cohen

Meg Cohen

mcohen@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8377

Sponsorship & Communications Liaison

Ramona Carver

Ramona Carver

rcarver@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8376 | 240.461.0806

Integrated Marketing Coordinator

Allison Hageman

Allison Hageman

ahageman@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8377

Integrated Marketing Coordinator

Isabella Gaitan

Isabella Gaitan

igaitan@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8377

Integrated Marketing Coordinator

Preethi Babu

pbabu@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8377

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

SENIOR EVENT MANAGER

Ashley Depew

Ashley Depew

adepew@ncbfdc.org
202.455.8954

Event Manager

Ayo Figueroa

Ayo Figueroa

afigueroa@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7565

Volunteer Manager

Isabella Staton

istaton@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7595

Business operations

ACCOUNTING & FINANCE MANAGER

Polina Nikolaeva

pnikolaeva@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7567

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

Francise Dyson

fdyson@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7585

THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 STAFF AND INTERNS

Business Development & Partnerships Intern

Alexis Schwarz

aschwarz@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8363

Marketing & Communications Intern

Madison Renck

mrenck@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8377

Marketing & Communications Intern

Asli Baskaya

abaskaya@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8377

Community Programming Coordinator

Aysha Malik

amalik@ncbfdc.org
202.638.8374

Event Management Assistant Intern

Sally Kim

skim@ncbfdc.org
202.455.8954

Event Management Assistant Intern

Daniela Torrealba

dtorrealba@ncbfdc.org
202.455.8954

Volunteer Program Intern

Ryan Riley

rriley@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7595

BUSINESS OPERATIONS INTERN

Sophia Tempio-Wilson

stempio-wilson@ncbfdc.org
202.661.7567

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES & INTERNSHIPS

We are always looking for the best and the brightest to join our growing team. Check below if you want to be a part of this dynamic organization and help bring together the nation’s greatest springtime celebration!

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

The Business Development & Sponsorship Manager will be responsible for identifying, soliciting, securing and maintaining relationships with sponsors, partners and donors as well as assisting in all aspects of development for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Business Development & Sponsorship Manager has a clearly defined scope; requires tact, discretion and professionalism in representing the Festival to all levels of outside partners, sponsors, and audiences. 

Responsibilities

In coordination with the Director of Development & Partnerships, the Business Development & Sponsorship Manager will participate in developing and executing long and short-range sponsorship and fundraising plans that will ensure the achievement of established objectives. This person will participate in developing general and tailored proposals and presentations to be utilized in sponsor and donor solicitations. The Business Development & Sponsorship Manager will also: 

  • Help carry out the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s mission, vision, and strategies
  • Identify prospects, solicit and secure sponsors
  • Make in-person visits to prospects
  • Handle incoming sponsorship inquiries
  • Assist in creating marketing materials for sponsorship solicitation and outreach
  • Write proposals for corporate sponsors and foundation prospects
  • Provide comprehensive and timely reports summarizing program activity and project status 
  • Manage and secure required documentation of gifts and gift intentions
  • Network and build relationships on behalf of the Festival
  • Manage and solicit fundraising teams for events including working with event host committees
  • Responsible for execution of sponsor and donor benefits prior to, during, and after the Festival, including creating recap reports at the conclusion of the Festival
  • Oversee the hospitality needs with Development Associate for Festival sponsors and other key stakeholders, including managing RSVP lists, issuing and sending tickets and managing the registration process
  • Assist in supervising Development Associate, volunteers and interns
  • Assist in identifying grant opportunities and prepare proposals for submission
  • Maintain organized record of all documents related to sponsor and partner involvement
  • Liaise with Programming, Business Operations, and Marketing Team in communicating sponsorship execution needs
  • Remain up-to-date of industry trends and best practice to provide support to the Director of Development & Partnerships

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Finance, Business, or other related field preferred
  • Minimum of three years’ experience with proven track record in sponsorship and/or fundraising development is required; corporate and major gift cultivation/solicitation
  • Marketing experience a plus but not required
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills, and ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects
  • Superior communication and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and strong database management skills are necessary
  • Demonstrated desire and capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues and consultants, as well as volunteers
  • Attention to detail, high productivity and concern for accuracy and excellence
  • Must be a self-starter, proactive and driven, with a strong work ethic, a high level of motivation, a strong sense of urgency when needed, the ability to work without direct supervision and consistently meet deadlines
  • Ability to foster positive, productive relationships, collaboration and teamwork, internally and externally, among staff, board members, volunteers, partners and other Festival stakeholders

As an integral part of the NCBF team, this salaried exempt position participates fully in the production and execution of Festival events. This requires flexibility to be available evenings and weekends and to work additional hours during peak periods.

NCBF offers a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, short term and long term disability, life insurance, annual leave and sick leave, paid holidays and a 401(k) plan.

Please email resume and cover letter articulating your relevant experience and salary expectations to opportunity@ncbfdc.org. Include in the subject line “Business Development & Sponsorship Manager.” Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview.

NCBF requires that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law and any other applicable law.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

The Sponsorship & Development Associate will be responsible for identifying and maintaining relationships with sponsors, partners and donors as well as assisting in all aspects of development for the National Cherry Blossom Festival including opportunities to solicit and secure sponsors The Sponsorship & Development Associate has a clearly defined scope; requires tact, discretion and professionalism in representing the Festival to all levels of outside partners, sponsors, and audiences.  The Sponsorship & Development Associate will report directly to the Sponsorship and Development Manager and/or Director of Development & Partnerships, and provide support by executing on the following responsibilities:

 

Responsibilities:

In coordination with the Festival President and Development & Partnership Director, the Sponsorship & Development Associate is responsible for the administrative and logistics management and support for the Sponsorship & Development Department.  The Sponsorship and Development Associate will also:

  • Assist in creation and management of standard operating processes for the Department
  • Provide administrative and logistics support
  • Build and support relationships of sponsors by providing strong customer service
  • Assist in the renewal process of current sponsors and manage relationships
  • Assist in creating marketing materials for sponsorship solicitation and outreach
  • Assist in developing and executing creative event activation ideas for sponsors
  • Assist in sponsorship agreement process including drafting proposals and questionnaires
  • Liaise with the Programming, Business Operations, and Marketing Team in communicating sponsor needs and execution
  • Assist in auction item solicitation
  • Network and build relationships with sponsors and Festival stakeholders on behalf of the Festival
  • Manage the hospitality needs for Festival sponsors and other key stakeholders, including managing RSVP lists, issuing and sending tickets and managing the registration process
  • Execute sponsor and partner benefits prior to, during and after the Festival
  • Prepare meeting agendas and participate in weekly sponsorship team meetings and other meetings as necessary
  • Assist in the creation of sponsor recap reports and thank you letters at the conclusion of the Festival
  • Provide comprehensive and timely reports summarizing program activity and project status
  • Augment prospect research and cultivation of sponsors and donors.
  • Assist in supervising volunteers and interns
  • Create and maintain spreadsheets, documents, and reports related to sponsor and partner involvement in the Festival and project status

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field preferred
  • Two (2) or more years’ experience directly related to the duties of the position; or
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential functions of the duties of the job listed above
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills, and ability to juggle and prioritize multiple projects
  • Superior communication and writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint and strong database management skills are necessary
  • Understanding of CRM basics
  • Demonstrated desire and capacity to work collaboratively with colleagues and consultants, as well as volunteers
  • Attention to detail, high productivity and concern for accuracy and excellence
  • Must be a self-starter, proactive and driven, with a strong work ethic, a high level of motivation, a strong sense of urgency when needed, the ability to work without direct supervision and consistently meet deadlines
  • Easily adapt to changing circumstances
  • Ability to foster positive, productive relationships, collaboration and teamwork, internally and externally, among staff, board members, volunteers, partners and other Festival stakeholders

As an integral part of the NCBF team, this salaried exempt position participates fully in the production and execution of Festival events. This requires flexibility to be available evenings and weekends and to work additional hours during peak periods.

NCBF offers a generous benefits package that includes health, dental, vision, short term and long term disability, life insurance, annual leave and sick leave, paid holidays and a 401(k) plan.

Application Instructions

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary history to t opportunity@ncbfdc.org. Include in the subject line “Sponsorship Development Associate”. Applicants will be notified via email if they have been selected for an interview.

NCBF requires that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law and any other applicable law.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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FESTIVAL ASSOCIATES

A special thanks to our Festival Associates who have donated their services in-kind to our organization.