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Brand USA's dynamic team brings together some of the brightest and most experienced minds in global sales and marketing, consumer products and services, and the travel and tourism industry. Browse this page to learn more about our team.

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Marc Brooks

Manager, Legal & Compliance

Marc Brooks is manager, legal/compliance for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Marc provide support for contracting, internal compliance, and risk management functions. Marc, who joined Brand USA in August 2013, has been responsible for organizing contracts in BOX during the pre-Salesforce period. He previously has worked as a legal assistant and...
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Favorite Travel Memory

Traveling to New Jersey Shore every summer during childhood with my parents & siblings.

Hometown/Home State

Huntingtown, Maryland (25 miles from Annapolis)

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New York City, New York, is my favorite city & Chicago, Illinois, is a close second.

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Los Angeles, California
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Skylar Clark

Manager, Partner Marketing & Planning

Skylar Clark is manager, partner marketing and planning for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. Since joining Brand USA in 2016, Skylar has been a part of the partner marketing team, starting as a partner services representative for Brand USA’s southeast partners, and then as the senior coordinator for the partner marketing & planning team. In her current role...
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Favorite Travel Memory

As a child, my family loved to take cruises down to U.S. Virgin Islands. I have the best memories exploring the different islands and swimming with dolphins!

Hometown/Home State

Solomon’s Island, Maryland. It’s popular for its sailing, seafood, and beautiful sunset views.

Travel in the USA

I love the beauty and culture of San Diego, California. Plus, the beaches are great for surfing and have my favorite animal: seals!

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Amanda Davis

Manager, Global Trade Development

Amanda Davis is manager, global trade development (Europe and Americas) for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort. Amanda had been coordinator then senior coordinator for the Global Trade team, a position she held since joining Brand USA in June 2016. During her association, she has been instrumental in supporting the USA Discovery Program, Brand USA’s online-training program for international travel agents. She has also worked...
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Favorite Travel Memory

My favorite trip was a family road trip throughout Arizona, including stops in Sedona, Scottsdale, and the Grand Canyon.

Hometown/Home State

Richmond, Virginia

Travel in the USA

The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. It's a hidden gem!

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Sedona, Arizona
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John Deregla

Manager, Business Analytics & CRM

John Deregla is manager, business analytics and CRM for Brand USA, the nation's destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States in order to fuel the nation’s economy and enhance the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, John, a Salesforce Certified Administrator who joined Brand USA in February 2017, manages Brand USA’s Salesforce platform, the tool Brand USA uses to oversee opportunities, accounts and contact management. Salesforce is the main system of record for...
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Favorite Travel Memory

Snorkeling in Maui, Hawaii and swimming next to a sea turtle.

Hometown/Home State

Washington, DC

Travel in the USA

San Francisco, California and Hawaii

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Peter Dodge

Manager, Public Policy & Public Affairs

Peter Dodge is manager, public policy and public affairs for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with a mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy, and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Peter functions as a liaison with all levels of government and manages outreach efforts with key stakeholders to promote and advance Brand USA's mission, raise visibility worldwide for the organization, and build community engagement. Peter first joined...
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Favorite Travel Memory

When I was a kid, my family took a cross-country trip from Massachusetts to New Mexico and I remember being amazed realizing how unique the United States is.

Favorite Travel Destination

I’ve lived in six states and Washington, DC and love exploring the diverse landscapes and cultures in each region of our great country.

Hometown/Home State

Charleston, South Carolina

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Washington, DC
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Paul Howard, CPA

Manager, Accounting

Paul Howard is Manager, Accounting for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort. In this position, Paul manages Brand USA’s general ledger and accounts receivable within the operations department. Paul joined Brand USA in October of 2016. Prior to that, Paul was a Staff Accountant at Samuels and Son Seafood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 2010 to 2016. In that role, he assisted in financial and cost accounting. Paul became a...
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Favorite Travel Memory

Going to the Thousand Islands National Parks in Canada as a child every summer.

Hometown/Home State

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Travel in the USA

My favorite travel destinations in the U.S. are Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming and San Francisco, California.

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Anjelica Magee

Manager, Consumer & Trade Publication Relations

Anjelica Magee is manager, consumer and trade publication relations for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy, and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Anjelica – who joined Brand USA in June 2019 – works closely with Brand USA’s internal media, analytics, advertising, and partner program teams to manage the performance and optimization of our global consumer-facing campaigns and programs...
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Favorite Travel Memory

Driving from coast to coast on I-10.

Hometown/Home State

Franklin, Massachusetts

Travel in the USA

State – California; City – New York City; Attraction – Disney World

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Julie Paulson

Manager, Partner Programs

Julie Paulson is the manager, partner programs for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Julie, who joined Brand USA in May 2017, supports the implementation of cooperative marketing programs and processes with our partners and clients. Julie came to Brand USA from the Smithsonian Institution where she handled the marketing for Smithsonian's revenue...
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Favorite Travel Memory

Family trips to Ocean City, Maryland. We always had a great time enjoying the festivities and rides on the 3 mile long boardwalk.

Favorite Travel Destination

I have visited 26 states and have lived in 7 of them.

Something Interesting

I am an amusement park fanatic and have visited 20 theme parks and have braved some of the world’s tallest roller coasters.

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Maria Santos

Manager, Global Marketing Programs

Maria Santos is manager, global marketing programs for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort. Maria works in support of the U.S.-based global marketing team responsible for negotiating in-kind media and creating international marketing programs. In her role, Maria negotiates, contracts, and executes co-operative marketing campaigns focused in Europe and Latin America. Prior to joining Brand USA in September 2017, Maria was an...
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Favorite Travel Destination

My family and I spent every holiday and summer vacation while I was growing up going to Boca Raton, Florida and I would insist on going to Disney World every single time. Never got tired of it!

Hometown/Home State

Tenafly, New Jersey, but grew up in Caracas, Venezuela! – my heart is divided.

Travel in the USA

There are many places in the U.S. that I want to go to still, all mostly around California: Yosemite, Napa Valley, and San Francisco!

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Roosevelt Island, Washington, DC
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Michelle Schrei

Manager, Partner Planning

Michelle Schrei is manager, partner planning for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Michelle is responsible for partner communications, sponsorships and special initiatives. Michelle, who joined Brand USA in September 2016, came to Brand USA from Eventpedia in Virginia where she worked in product development and strategy and from Autism Speaks in...
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Erin Setter

Manager, Partner Engagement

Erin Setter is a manager, partner engagement for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy, and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Erin is responsible for developing and nurturing relationships with Brand USA partners in the Midwest and Mountain West to maximize partner participation in cooperative marketing programs. Erin, who joined Brand USA in October 2015, started as a partner service...
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Community Service

I lead the volunteer Hospitality Team at my church responsible for making people comfortable with coffee and snacks.

Favorite Travel Destination

My favorite tourist activity is visiting historic homes, bonus points for onsite artisans.

Hometown/Home State

My family is multi-generational Wisconsinites but I grew up close to the border of Minnesota so I play Duck, Duck, Gray Duck.

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Alice Shang

Manager, Media Planning

Alice Shang is the manager, media planning for Brand USA, the nation’s destination marketing organization with the mission of increasing international visitation to the United States, fueling the nation’s economy, and enhancing the image of the USA worldwide. In this role, Alice – who joined Brand USA in March 2020 – is responsible for strategic planning and campaign execution across all global consumer-facing paid media campaigns for Visit the USA and GoUSA TV. Prior to joining Brand USA, Alice was most recently the media manager for...
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Favorite Travel Memory

Road trip from Florida to California. I saw a black bear for the first time, in the wild!

Something Interesting

To learn how to swim is on the top of my bucket list.

Travel in the USA

St George Island, Florida

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Miami, Florida
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Robyn Jordan

Executive Assistant to the Chief Financial Officer

Robyn Jordan is executive assistant to the chief financial officer for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

Visiting New Orleans, Louisiana for the very first time when I first arrived in the U.S.

Something Interesting

I am a certified personal trainer and nutritionist.

Hometown/Home State

Harare, Zimbabwe: my birthplace.

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Alyssea “AJ” Johnson

Senior Coordinator, Information Technology

Alyssea “AJ” Johnson is senior coordinator, information technology for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

A road trip across the USA from Oregon to Washington, DC.

Something Interesting

I regularly go to karaoke and sing show tunes with my friends from high school.

Travel in the USA

San Francisco, California in the Castro Valley District because of the beautiful community and kind people who reside in the area.

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Leila Khadrane
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Leila Khadrane

Sr. Coordinator, Web & Content

Leila Khadrane is senior coordinator, web and content for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Something Interesting

I have a twin sister.

Hometown/Home State

Fairfax County/Northern Virginia

Travel in the USA

Southern California

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Meghan Quirk in Wellfleet, Massachusetts
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Meghan Quirk

Sr. Coordinator, Global Trade Development

Meghan Quirk is senior coordinator, global trade development for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

Driving, hiking, and swimming through the mountains and glacial lakes in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Hometown/Home State

Fairport, New York (Suburb of Rochester), a small town on the Erie Canal.

Travel in the USA

Cape Cod, Massachusetts - especially in the off-season!

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Navy Yard, Washington, DC
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Ngawang Samphel

Sr. Coordinator, Accounts Receivable

Ngawang Samphel is senior coordinator, accounts receivable for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

When I was invited to Skywalker Ranch in Nicasio, California and toured George Lucas' estate!

Something Interesting

I’ve scored music for short films and animations that have made their way through film festivals.

Travel in the USA

The Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado.

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Rasheeta Turner

Sr. Coordinator, Communications & Media Relations

Rasheeta Turner is senior coordinator, communications and media relations for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Something Interesting

I was supposed to be born on Christmas Day, instead I was born on New Years Day.

Hometown/Home State

Tallahassee, Florida

Travel in the USA

Destin, Florida

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Rianna Airitam

Coordinator, Partner Programs

Rianna Airitam is coordinator, partner engagement for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

​I got stuck in Boston, Massachusetts once due to heavy snow and that was the first time I'd ever seen more than 6 inches of accumulation!

Favorite Travel Destination

My family likes to road trip and I like seeing the changing scenery across states.

Hometown/Home State

Rowlett, Texas

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Portland, Oregon
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Justin Pile

Coordinator, Digital Asset Management

Justin Pile is coordinator, web and content for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

Hiking anywhere, but especially hiking through Yosemite National Park.

Hometown/Home State

Roanoke, Virginia

Travel in the USA

The Rockies-- the skiing and hiking is unlike anywhere else I've been.

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Niagara Falls, New York
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Munira Yusuf

Coordinator, Office Management

Munira Yusuf is coordinator, office management for Brand USA, the public-private partnership responsible for launching the United States’ first-ever nationally coordinated tourism marketing effort.
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Favorite Travel Memory

Orlando, Florida-- I could never forget the NASA Facility, Universal Studios, and of course Walt Disney World.

Hometown/Home State

Washington, DC

Travel in the USA

My favorite destination will forever be New York City, New York. It's never the same experience-- always evolving and always amazing!

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