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Cherie Lester | Activation + Marketing

Cherie Lester is a community marketer specializing in creative partner-driven events, relationship-building and small business promotion.

In her previous work as a marketing professional with Whole Foods Market, Cherie lead several successful community and international fundraising events for the top-performing Mid-Atlantic flagship location. While with Whole Foods Market, in an effort to bring awareness and support to small and local business, Cherie created a monthly ‘Local Vendor Event’ featuring several food makers from DC’s Union Kitchen.

As a longtime artist and creative maker with a background in business and visual arts, Cherie is a teaching-artist on the faculty of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, bringing arts education and opportunity to children in underserved communities of the District. She previously served on the Eastern Market Review Committee, helping to bring in new artists and growers to this historic Capitol Hill institution.  

Cherie is a graduate of Southeastern Center for the Arts in Atlanta and attended the Corcoran School of Art + Design in Washington DC. Dedicated to professional growth, she recently completed Cornell University’s Hospitality Marketing program. Cherie is a proud long-time resident of the District, enjoys long urban hikes, painting in her studio and supporting animal rescue organizations.