Standing Committees

The Standing Committees Chairs will report to the Board at a frequency determined by the President and will submit a summary report to the President upon request and prior to the Annual Meeting. All committees are open to all WEBA members, and they do not need to be on the board to participate on committees.

The following shall be the Standing Committees:


Purpose – Comprised of WEBA Board members, the members advise the Board on management issues.

Chair – Indre Bauza, Supporting Strategies
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Purpose – Manages and directs the educational events such as Lunch & Learn, networking activities including Happy Hour and Special Events, and Special Events for the community including Spring for Alexandria.

Chair – Christopher Burton
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Purpose – The Treasurer/Finance Committee is responsible for making sure all of the bills are paid and income is deposited. We work closely with the accounting company to ensure all of the detail is captured for our monthly balance sheets. We report on WEBA’s financial status at the monthly board meetings.

Chair – Debby Critchley
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Government Relations

Purpose – The Government Relations committee monitors and reports on government practices and activities that affect WEBA businesses, with a focus on local government. Committee members attend various meetings and hearings and report at the monthly WEBA board meetings.

Chair – Paul Friedman
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Purpose – The communications committee acts as the marketing and information department for WEBA. This committee is responsible for the newsletter and all social and social media activity. The committee heads up marketing and outreach campaigns, and oversees WEBA’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Information about WEBA members or discounts for WEBA members should be addressed to committee members to be added to flyers and emails.

Chair – Anna Davalos
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Member – Mary Ann Burstein – social media
Member – Chris Guthrie – newsletter

Purpose – The Membership Committee is responsible for supporting the mission, vision, purpose and strategic plan of West End Business Association. The committee is to help in the following areas: Recrutment, Engagement and Retention

An important goal of WEBA is to represent a range of industries, companies, and to ensure membership remains valuable to members of all types. This committee provides feedback on WEBA programs to ensure that they remain of the highest benefit to members. Members of this committee are encouraged to attend as many events as possible, and to bring prospects as guests to show the non-members first-hand the benefits of WEBA membership.

Chair – George Valenzuela
Member – Ariel Goldchain
Member – Iris Lopez
Member – Anna Kaviani


Purpose – The mission of the Sponsorship committee is to strategize, target and attain business sponsors for WEBA and WEBA events.

Chair – Abel Girmay
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Signature Event

Purpose – The annual Membership Appreciation Event is the keynote event of the year. The committee is responsible for securing special locations and negotiating costs to create a one of a kind activity for WEBA members.

Chair – Mary Ann Burstein
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Purpose – To enhance the meaning of membership in WEBA, the Committee is dedicated to selecting one or more non-profits to which we may donate funds each year and, possibly, around which we may build our signature end-of-year event. The criteria to select one or more non-profits is that they serve the West End of Alexandria, and our contribution will also promote WEBA and/or its members at the same time.

Chair – Paul Friedman
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Why We ♡ WEBA

“Please let the board know how much I liked the Lunch & Learn today at WEBA. …Of course Mary Ann Burstein was making everyone feel like family while she was setting up connections and taking pictures. I think this kind of programing can put WEBA in the forefront of business education programs offered in Alexandria.”



“It’s great to find local organizations that support the local community and being a member of WEBA allowed me to connect and support the West End Business Community and many of the local initiatives in Alexandria.”

Gresham Harkless

Blue 16 Media

“I thought the happy hour mixer was one of the best I have been to. Everyone was so very nice, approachable and the energy was fantastic.”



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