Founder and CEO of WashingtonExec
Since launching the company in 2011, JD Kathuria has grown its membership to include over 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, Kathuria is well regarded in the D.C. business community as a connector and adviser. He and his team host upward of 80 events each year to facilitate long-lasting relationships and encourage meaningful thought exchange among their participants.
Kathuria, a Virginia native, is a staunch advocate for investing in STEM education. He took his passion to new levels in launching the inaugural STEM Symposium in 2014. The event aims to engage and bring together 3,000 children, parents and executives from the industry, government and nonprofit sectors to increase awareness of the STEM education gap.
Prior to forming WashingtonExec, Kathuria co-founded a weekly digital publication 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.
Kathuria holds a degree in political science from George Mason University. He serves on the Development Committee for the National Kidney Foundation and as a member of the advisory council of the Bite Me Cancer Foundation. In addition, he's 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.
Director of Programs
Doug Russell joined WashingtonExec in August 2016 and focuses on membership retention, corporate growth and providing additional value to council events. He runs all of WashingtonExec’s identification, qualification and pursuit of new business opportunities with both current and prospective customers. Key customers include large public entities, mid-tier and small business experts in IT, defense, intelligence, cyber and health care.
Before joining WashingtonExec, Russell spent the last 15 years in various business development roles in the commercial marketplace. After living in Chicago, he returned to the Washington, D.C., area in 2009 to sell HR outsourcing to small government contractors. Since then, Russell has worked in business development roles at various small businesses within the government contracting realm of the broader metro area.
Prior to starting his career in business development, Russell spent time as a Peace Corps volunteer on the islands of St. Vincent and St. Lucia. He earned a degree from Virginia Tech in marketing management and not only is a proud Hokie, but a native Washingtonian who grew up in the Franconia-Springfield area. He resides in Burke, Virginia, with his wife, son and step-daughter.