Kathleen Matthews is the chief communications and public affairs officer for Marriott International, the leading global hotel company with 4,100 properties in 80 countries. She is responsible for the company’s global brand public relations, corporate communications, social responsibility, culture, and government affairs. She co-chairs Marriott’s Executive Green Council and serves on the company’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council.
As a passionate ambassador for travel, Mrs. Matthews is vice-chair of the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the Secretary of Commerce. She chairs the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the future of travel and tourism, and also serves on the boards of the U.S. Travel Association and the International Tourism Partnership.
Mrs. Matthews is a 1975 graduate of Stanford University, and a 2004 Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to her career at Marriott, she was an award winning news anchor and reporter at the ABC-TV affiliate in Washington, D.C. for 25 years, and hosted the nationally syndicated “Working Woman” television show. Matthews has been awarded nine local Emmys and has been honored as a “Woman Who Means Business” by the Washington Business Journal. In 2002, she was named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian Magazine. Matthews is active in her local community and has served on the boards of the Black Student Fund, Catholic Charities of Washington DC and Maryland, Ford’s Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, and Suited for Change, which supports low income women in the workforce.