Executive Director

Nina Liggett

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Listen Local First Director

Chris Naoum

Chris Naoum is an attorney who specializes in copyright, media and telecom law and policy. Chris has previously worked as the Deputy Editor for and as Policy Counsel for the Future of Music Coalition. Chris has been a long time advocate of independent musicians focusing on licensing and copyright reform for the past two years. He has focused much of his work on artist development and proposing policy reforms that benefit local creative communities.

Before moving to Washington, Chris received his BA from Emory University and his JD and MA in Television Radio and Film Policy from Syracuse University.

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Online Organizer

Madelyn Dutt

Madelyn is a junior at American University pursuing a Communication Studies major and Marketing/Literature double-minor. Coming from a tight-knit community in southern Louisiana, she knows the importance of being a localist and supporting local business. She is a live music junkie who spends all of her free time (and money!) attending concerts at local venues throughout the District.

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Justine Kendall

Justine works for the Education department at National Geographic in addition to pursuing a master’s degree in community planning from the University of Maryland. Born and raised in a mile away from the Shady Grove metro station, she is a proud DC resident who loves local food and the amazing stories our local business owners bring to our communities. Find her at a local business or community farm near you.
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Marketing Assistant and Membership Coordinator

Kim Willey

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