The Foundation

In 2023, Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County launched a nonprofit charitable arm to invest in and sustain the tourism and hospitality industry through mission-adjacent work.

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We aim to achieve this goal by providing workforce development, education, and training programs that cater to the evolving and emerging needs of our destination while prioritizing sustainability. By working together, we can create a better future for our community and the industry we all cherish. 

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Donate today to support the hospitality and tourism industry. 



The Foundation is focused on advancing professional growth and education while enhancing employment opportunities within the tourism and hospitality sector. But we cannot do it without your support!

Thank you to our Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, local businesses, community, educators, and partners for their support, time, and generous donations. 

For more information or to collaborate with the Foundation, please contact Kristen Pironis, Executive Director, or  Shannon Harcum, Senior Director of Finance & Administration.

Kristen Pironis, Executive Director-VAAAC

Kristen Pironis Executive Director



Shannon Harcum

Shannon Harcum Senior Director of Finance & Administration