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Chelsea Dunlop Welter
Senior Director of Board Governance & Operations
phone +1 202-835-4218

Chelsea Welter is the organization's Senior Director of Board Governance & Operations managing both the Association and Foundation boards and committee activities. Welter also helps oversee the Advocacy Rapid Response Program by coordinating with the Advocacy & Research team and supporting the team in project management needs.

Prior to joining Jack Johnson’s team at Destinations International, she held the role of Senior Director of Operations and supported the executive office, as Don Welsh’s Executive Assistant.  Welter joined Destinations International (DMAI) in 2016, however, she worked previously with Don Welsh as his Executive Assistant at Choose Chicago before departing for Washington DC. Welter also held a previous career in commercial property management working for a large international real estate management company in both Chicago and New York City, and most recently served as the Assistant Property Manager in a Chicago high rise commercial property on Michigan Avenue for a regional real estate management firm.  In this role she was directly responsible for the daily operational management and oversight of a class A property with a focus on tenant and vendor relationship, contract compliance, financial reporting and conflict resolution. 

Welter is a graduate of Michigan State University (BA) and Florida State University (MA) with a major in History and American Dance Studies respectively.

More About Chelsea

Special access visit to 10 Downing Street, London, England.

Favorite Travel Destination: My favorite travel destination is probably a tie. One, I've spent nearly every single summer of my life in the small town of Orillia, Ontario with my grandparents. My family has deep history in that part of Canada, and it's always been a special place. Plus, there's nothing better than spending your summers in a cottage on a lake! Second favorite destination is Santorini, Greece. The island is beautiful, the water is breathtaking, and the people, food and culture are full of life. Also, the sunsets literally make you feel like you are sitting on the edge of the earth, watching the day completely fade away into the most gorgeous colors.

Travel Bucket List: There are many, many places I would love to venture to, so it's difficult to choose just one. Really interested in visiting Prince Edward Island, and would love the opportunity to do a Nordic trip, and then make a stop in Iceland on the way home.

Favorite Thing About the Industry: The people! I know that we are in the tourism industry, and it's our job to essentially host, but I've never met a group of more caring, passionate, and kind people. And a group of people that are always willing to share and support each other when needed.