Founder and CEO of WashingtonExec
JD Kathuria is founder and president of WashingtonExec, an outcome-oriented networking organization and online news publication that provides breaking and featured coverage and hosts exclusive events for the area’s executives of consequence.
Since launching the company in 2011, Mr. Kathuria has grown its membership to include more than 200 executives, entrepreneurs and thought leaders within the private, public, nonprofit and academic sectors.
A firm believer in the importance of trusted, long-term professional relationships, Mr. Kathuria is well regarded in the DC business community as a connector and advisor. He and his team host upwards of 80 events each year to facilitate long-lasting relationships and encourage meaningful thought exchange among their participants.
Mr. Kathuria, a Virginia native, is a staunch advocate for investing in STEM education. He took his passion to new levels last year and launched the inaugural STEM Symposium 2014, powered by WashingtonExec. The event, now in its second year, aims to engage and bring together 2,500 children, parents and executives from the industry, government and nonprofit sectors so as to increase awareness of the STEM education gap.
Prior to forming WashingtonExec, Mr. Kathuria co-founded a weekly e-magazine in 2003, where as editor-in-chief he oversaw editorial content. His more than 1,000 interviews with government, business, education and political leaders gave him unique insight into the nuts and bolts of the government contracting community.
Mr. Kathuria holds a BA degree in Political Science from George Mason University. Today he sits on the executive committee for the 2015 Management of Change (MOC) Conference and serves on the Development Committee for the National Kidney Foundation. In addition, he serves as a member of the advisory council of the Bite Me Cancer Foundation and is an active member of The Tower Club Tysons Corner Board of Governors. From 2006-2011 he served on the Board of Directors of SECAF.
He resides in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.
Editor-at-LargeBrynn Koeppen served as WashingtonExec’s Editor-in-Chief from May 2011 to August 2016. As the organization’s first employee, Brynn enjoys her abridged involvement with the digital magazine and company.For over five years Brynn cultivated hundreds of strategic relationships across business, government, academia, and non-profit sectors and received exposure to an array of business models and technological capabilities within the Greater Washington, D.C. area. She personally interviewed hundreds of executives in the federal contracting, public, and academic sectors. Her work ensured the coverage of industry-related breaking news, mergers and acquisitions, strategic hires, information technology, leadership development, local events, executive interviews, and national policy. In addition to managing a team of reporters, Brynn oversaw the direction of featured interviews on topics such as U.S. defense, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Brynn also contributed to the establishment of WashingtonExec’s 11 mission-focused Councils, including securing sought-after speakers, working with attendees, and program logistics.Brynn continues to work for the Annual K-12 STEM Symposium (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The Symposium (www.stemsymposium.com) is a free, all-day forum that equally engages 3,000 parents, students, and educators in order to increase the local workforce pipeline. Exhibits include flight simulators, drones, physics experiments, topography models, 3D printers, robotics, safe cybersecurity practices and connected cars. Featured speakers are former astronauts, fighter pilots, and local public figures. Brynn also launched the first free Parent STEM Action Plan for the National Capital Region, a 50-page document with vetted lists of summer programs, after-school activities, internship opportunities, and science-related apps.A Virginia native, Brynn graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.A. in International Relations and speaks Mandarin Chinese and French. In her spare time, Brynn mentors undergraduate students at her alma mater and enjoys hiking and sailing. Brynn is a second year M.A. student at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in Strategic Studies and International Economics.