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About Us

Continuously Improving Our Downtown 

Williamsburg Downtown is ​a non-profit economic development organization created in partnership with the City of Williamsburg to enhance the awareness, history of its people and economic vitality of the Downtown Business District. 

Our Story

In 2020 the City of Williamsburg received a Main Streets Grant to fund the creation of a downtown business district that includes all Businesses, Restaurants and Merchants in the Williamsburg Downtown area. 

 

Our volunteer board of directors, comprised of residents, business owners, faith leaders and community advocates works together to curate and support city improvement projects and events that make the most of Williamsburg's historical and natural beauty within the city limits.

Williamsburg has more to offer residents and tourists than they often realize. It's our goal to shine a light on all that this wonderful community has to offer. We welcome your ideas and encourage you to consider volunteering to help with future projects.

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Meet The Team

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Leslie Skinner

President

Leslie comes from the Corporate world and is always excited to use those skills in both the Skinner Law Office and her consulting firm, Speak! Leslie...

Leslie comes from the corporate world and is always excited to use those skills in both the Skinner Law Office and her consulting firm, Speak! Leslie was born in Williamsburg, lives downtown, and owns a business downtown. This amazing group - Williamsburg Downtown - is something which she is happily lending her sales, problem-solving, and community engagement skills to on a regular basis! Leslie is excited to bring all of our fun and unique community members together to continue to make Williamsburg Downtown a really special place.

CFO, Skinner Law Office

CEO, Speak!

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Monique Omura Osterhoudt

Director & Secretary

A transplant from New York, Monique, and her family are proud to call Williamsburg home after moving over 7 years ago. She graduated with a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida...

A transplant from New York, Monique and her family are proud to call Williamsburg home after moving over 7 years ago. She graduated with a degree in Advertising from the University of Florida and was classically trained as a chef at the Culinary Institute of America. She was in the restaurant industry for 11+ years before joining the Williamsburg Downtown team. 

Williamsburg Downtown

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Ben Munson

Past President

Ben is a licensed real estate broker who serves residential and commercial clients at his newly launched Memorie Group office on Prince George Street. He is passionate about...

Ben is a licensed real estate broker who serves residential and commercial clients at his newly launched Memorie Group office on Prince George Street. He is passionate about about walkable communities, historic building preservation and sustainable building design. Ben also serves as Treasurer of the Williamsburg Multiple Listing Service (MLS) board. 

Owner & Broker, Memorie Group Real Estate

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Diane Koun

Board Member

Diane was the owner and manager of The Silver Vault, a retail shop on Duke of Gloucester Street, for 40 years.  Upon retirement, she was recruited by Bruton Parish Church to assume the responsibility...

Manager, Bruton Parish Church Gift Shop

Diane was the owner and manager of The Silver Vault, a retail shop on Duke of Gloucester Street, for 40 years. Upon retirement, she was recruited by Bruton Parish Church to assume the responsibility of managing their Gift Shop which was renovated in 2017. Diane is especially pleased that the proceeds from Bruton Parish Gift Shop benefit people in need in our community. Through both these businesses she has had a long-standing and continued interest in the future of the downtown area. It is exciting to be part of a dynamic group such as Williamsburg Downtown to promote businesses that make up this vital district.

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Kimberly Angles

Board Member

Kimberly has a long history in Williamsburg, with her father owning and operating Wythe Candy & Gourmet in 1974 and it was a fixture of her daily activities until ultimately selling the business in...

Kimberly has a long history in Williamsburg, with her father owning and operating Wythe Candy & Gourmet in 1974 until ultimately selling the business in 2002. ​Kimberly worked in the specialty food and candy industry for nearly 30 years until the opportunity to purchase Wythe Candy & Gourmet presented itself.  A partnership was formed with her father and Kimberly’s dream of owning a candy store became reality.

Choosing the highest quality products and vendors continues to be the top priority at Wythe Candy & Gourmet. They pride themselves in partnering with as many local and small businesses as possible to find products that are unique, delicious, and enjoyable. In addition, Wythe Candy & Gourmet is one of Williamsburg Downtown’s primary sponsors with generous donations of delicious candies during holiday events.

Owner, Wythe Candy & Gourmet Shop

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Stephanie Sánchez-Aguilar

Web Design & IT

Stephanie considers Williamsburg a second home, where she visits her family and friends on her trips from Southern California. She began her journey working with Williamsburg Downtown during the Holiday season in 2023 and was eager to continue furthering their mission. Her passion for graphic...

Stephanie considers Williamsburg a second home, where she visits her family and friends on her trips from Southern California. She began her journey working with Williamsburg Downtown during the Holiday season in 2023 and was eager to continue furthering their mission. Her passion for graphic design and photography along with her several years of experience working for a non-profit seamlessly merge in her current role with Williamsburg Downtown. Stephanie is excited for what the future holds for Williamsburg Downtown as they expand and is proud to be a part of the team!

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Katherine Bailey

Vice President

Katherine is a long-time ambassador of the Williamsburg Downtown area. Katherine lived in the Historic Area right on Duke of Gloucester Street with her children for nearly seven years where she...

Katherine Bailey is a long-time ambassador of the Williamsburg Downtown area. Katherine lived in the Historic Area right on Duke of Gloucester Street with her children for nearly seven years where she hosted many festive events and parties, visited with guests from all over the world, and became well-known for her modern take on the holiday wreaths that are a long-standing, annual tradition for Colonial Williamsburg. Although they are no longer in the Historic Area, Katherine and her family moved just up the street and still spend a great deal of time in the downtown area. Katherine has worked for and volunteered for CW in several capacities over the years. Currently, Katherine is on staff at William & Mary Law School and works as a project manager for several organizations around the country.

Program Coordinator, William & Mary Law School

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Brandyn Baty

Treasurer

Brandyn Baty has an extensive non-profit management background of over 25 years. With a can-do mentality, Brandyn has held many key roles with several great organizations on both the East...

Director of Community Engagement and Events for Literacy for Life

Brandyn Baty has an extensive non-profit management background of over 25 years. With a can-do mentality, Brandyn has held many key roles with several great organizations on both the East and West Coasts. Her diverse experience has allowed her to wear multiple hats (sometimes at the same time) and include: Director of Finance, Operations, Development and Human Resources.  Her current roles include: Director of Community Engagement and Events for local non-profit; Literacy for Life, Executive Director for the Virginia Turfgrass Foundation, Vice President of the Kingsmill Community Services Association Board of Director’s, and Development committee chair of the Dancing with The Williamsburg Stars organization. Originally from Northern California, Brandyn has a love of the outdoors, sports, and good Napa wine!  She moved to Virginia in 2010 with her husband Michael and has chosen Williamsburg as home where they raise their two daughters; Reagan (12) and Morgan (10).

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Bobby Braxton

Board Member

Bobby served on the Williamsburg City Council and has worked with multiple location organizations, including William and Mary's Lemon Project and First Baptist Church. He was awarded the 2016...

Bobby served on the Williamsburg City Council and has worked with multiple location organizations, including William and Mary's Lemon Project and First Baptist Church. He was awarded the 2016 Prentis Award given to people in the Williamsburg community for their strong civic involvement and support of the university and most recently the 2023 City of Williamsburg Mace Bearers Award. 

Let Freedom Ring

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Johnette Weaver

Board Member

An alumni of The Hampton University, Johnette wears many hats. Communications director for families for the First of the Fifty First ADA. An active WJCC school tutor and established a tutoring program at First Baptist church.  A member of the FBC Women's...

Community Engagement

An alumni of The Hampton University, Johnette wears many hats. Communications director for families for the First of the Fifty First ADA. An active WJCC school tutor and established a tutoring program at First Baptist Church. A member of the FBC Women's Auxiliary, a missionary, a member of the church history committee and head of communications. Johnette also serves on the Advisory Board for the African American Heritage Trail. She is a member of the Williamsburg Chapter of The DAR, a founding member of the Village Initiative, a member of the Juneteenth Consortium and the NAACP and a member of the WBDT Economic Developement commitee. She also was recently honored as the 2023 honoree of the Change Makers award for positive changes in Greater Williamsburg.

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Ashley Morris

Chief of Staff

Ashely has been a resident of the Downtown Williamsburg area for 9 years and counting. In addition to working on the Williamsburg Downtown team, Ashley works at the Center for Gifted Education at William 7 Mary, developing and...

Ashely has been a resident of the Downtown Williamsburg area for 9 years and counting. In addition to working on the Williamsburg Downtown team, Ashley works at the Center for Gifted Education at William & Mary, developing and executing programming for over 700 students each year. Ashely has volunteered at Williamsburg Downtown events since 2022 and is excited to have been formally brought onto the team to contribute her skills and knowledge from 20+ years of experience working with non-profits. She looks forward to working alongside the WBDT team and its community members. 

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Interns

Hollis Mathis

Anna Finn, Grace Yonker and Hollis Matthis are William & Mary Students. 

Grace Yonker

Anna Finn

 Sponsors

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