Aaron DeNu

Principal Consultant & Employee Owner

Alma Mater
Fordham University

What He’s Passionate About

Relationships, communication, and a good challenge.

Where He Shines

Aaron is a nonprofit entrepreneur with over 15 years of leadership experience and extensive event and operational management experience. He pulls from his interdisciplinary background of computer science, anthropology, and history when maintaining client relationships, building communication strategies, and addressing broader corporate concerns. He has initiated international partnerships with Diplomatic Missions to the U.S. including the Embassy of Germany, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Sweden, Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Finland, and the Delegation of the European Union.

His Street Cred

We’ll let his awards speak to this. Aaron received the 2013 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. In 2011, he was recognized by The George Washington University Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service for “Staff Excellence in Exemplary Service to the Community”, and in 2010, he was recognized by the Washington, DC Advisory Neighborhood Commission for “Outstanding Work in Building a Better Community.” Not to mention his previous TiER1 awards – High-Performance Employee of the Year and Outstanding Project Award.

How He’ll Surprise You

Aaron played 4 years of NCAA college soccer and was on the academic all-state team. He’s held his Division I high school all-time goal scoring record since 1997. He is also nationally recognized for several publicly hosted arts and cultural projects in Washington, DC.

He’s Not All Business

Aaron lives in Washington, DC with his wife and two Bengal cats, Saucer and Sherlock. But, you’ll barely find him home as he’s usually networking or organizing creative placemaking activities in DC. Having been referred to in the media as the “Man Behind Groundhog Day in Dupont Circle”, Aaron is responsible for many community events including an annual outdoor film festival in Dupont Circle National Park. He pursues his passion of animating public spaces with creative events in his voluntary role as President for a nonprofit that he founded in DC.

Fun Facts

Organized three large-scale DC World Cup Fan Festivals
His 2014 World Cup Fan Festival was featured live on ESPN
In collaboration with the Academy award-winning director and writer of the film The Exorcist, he organized a commemoration event dedicating the Exorcist Steps as an official DC landmark which was broadcast live on CNN