Atiyeh will be responsible for the Bureau’s government and community outreach. VISIT DENVER is a non-profit trade association charged with marketing Denver as a convention and leisure destination. Travel is Denver’s second-largest industry, generating $3.6 billion in annual spending while supporting 50,000 jobs.

Atiyeh comes to the Bureau with nearly 15 years of government affairs and public relations experience developing initiatives for public and private corporations, local and federal governments, and non-governmental organizations. Most recently she served for five years as director of public affairs at ZeaChem Inc., an alternative fuels and chemicals company, where she advanced local, state and federal policies and led public relations activities to increase the brand profile.

As the Greenhouse Gas Program administrator for the City & County of Denver, Atiyeh spearheaded partnerships between the private sector, academia, city government and residents, and served on several organizing committees for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Previously she was manager of government affairs at Evergreen Energy, a publicly-traded cleantech company, and advocated for air quality issues at Environmental Defense Fund. She began her career in Washington, D.C., where she worked at the Federal Trade Commission and The Dutko Group.

“Carrie Atiyeh’s extensive background in environment issues and government and community affairs will be an excellent addition to VISIT DENVER, and help us in communicating how important tourism and conventions are to Denver’s economic health and lifestyle,” said Richard Scharf, president & CEO of VISIT DENVER.

Aityeh graduated with honors from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.