our story

Our philosophy is simple: To provide fresh, creative designs for an ever-changing market with unrivaled in-house customization and an expanded inventory. Our team of designers, project managers, craftspeople, and artisans is now capable of realizing the most incredible scenic and decorative designs. We constantly strive to find new and innovative ways to create amazing results from high profile corporate and political events to more intimate social occasions such as weddings, mitzvahs, and private parties.

If you can dream it, we can create it.

our team

  • Annie Senatore
    Queen of Everything

    Annie Senatore has spent over twenty five years in both the fashion and event arena across the globe. She gained her fashion marketing degree in London and went on to head up the visual merchandising department of Daniel Hechter in Paris, working on boutique layouts and visual displays along with runway shows at Paris Design Week at the Louvre. She returned to London to launch a PR and marketing office for collections by Oliver Strelli, John Smedley and Dolce and Gabanna including runway shows and press showings. In 1996 she moved to NYC and then Washington DC where she was able to combine both her visual merchandising and runway show experience into the world of live events.

  • Terri Boyd
    Terri Boyd
    Head of Sales

    Terri comes to us with a wealth of events and arts knowledge and experience. She received her degree in advertising from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University with a focus on painting and color theory. She began her career with a small catering firm in Georgetown, and worked her way up to senior account executive for Occasions Caterers for 11 years, after managing her own catering business for 3 years. After leaving Occasions, she began to work in home improvement where she learned the art of home staging, home remodeling, and fine-tuned her color consulting skills. In 2009, she became the site director for The Sunset Room and Piers at National Harbor.

  • Katie Duesel
    Katie Duesel
    Queen's Right Hand

    Katie Duesel has worked with Annie and the Design Foundry for the past 8 years. After attending James Madison University with a focus in Business, Katie started as an entry-level assistant and has worked her way up to Senior Account Executive. She enjoys working on events in DC as well as all over the US, including Miami, Colorado and New York. Katie's goal is to go above and beyond the client's expectations. Katie grew up in the Northern VA area and currently lives in Falls Church, VA with her husband Jeff. They just had their first child in June 2013!

  • Aleks Beltran
    Aleks Beltran
    Lead Visual Designer

    After graduating with a BA in Industrial Design in his native Colombia, Aleks moved to the United States to work as an exhibit and event designer for Hargrove, in the DC metropolitan area. Seven years later he left Hargrove and went to work for Laundry Group, an interior design firm in the Baltimore area. While at there, he designed restaurants, bars and retail stores for clients around the world. 2008, he went to work for Avista Events designing environments and special events. Three years later, Annie partnered with Aleks and founded Design Foundry with an emphasis on making design an integral part of the event lexicon.

  • Cory Frank
    Cory Frank
    Production Manager

    Cory joined the Design Foundry team in August 2012 coming from a theatre background. He worked for 7 years with the Capital Fringe Festival, serving as production manager for No Rules Theatre Company, and at the Clarice Smith Performing arts Center in the events and production department. Cory holds an MFA in Theatre Design (Lighting Design) from the University of Maryland, and freelances as a Lighting Designer at several theaters around DC. Cory also has a passion for education, having served as the Director of Production at the Edmund Burke School in DC, and is an adjunct professor at Gallaudet University.

  • Anya Mizani
    Anya Mizani
    Visual Designer

    After earning her BFA from Pratt Institute in Interior Design, Anya returned to her hometown, Washington, DC where she started freelancing in residential and commercial interiors. She focused on style/color consultation, finish/materials selections and graphic design. In 2012 she was excited to head up a custom designed furniture company with her brother- creating quality and unique pieces. She began (and is totally thrilled to be) working at Design Foundry in the beginning of 2013 as a Designer. She is excited to be working at an agency that allows the freedom to explore new ideas and push the industry further.

  • Meghan Malik
    Event Designer

    Hailing from the great state of Tennessee, Meghan is the newest member of the Design Foundry team. Meghan joins us with a vast background in events, most recently working with one of the DC’s top Destination Management Companies building impressive event proposals for a wide cast of clients. Her passion for designing distinctive and memorable events coupled with strong strategic thinking has lead a hand in the success of events for clients such as Subway, Deloitte, Toyota Motor North America, Bloomin’ Brands International and Microsoft, just to name a few. Always on the front line of client service, Meghan firmly believes in adding personalized creative touches to each proposal Design Foundry presents.

  • Allen Shapiro
    Allen Shapiro
    Lead Construction Manager

    After earning his MFA from the University of Arizona, and working for a number of years in Colorado, native Chicagoan Allen Shapiro has made his way to the D.C. area to serve as the Lead Construction Manager for Design Foundry(Utah, Ohio, etc. He’s been all over!) Armed with a passion for art and an eye for perfection, he uses his skills as a theatre technician to give each event a bit of magic. In his off time he enjoys constructing custom furniture and hopes to one day make all of it Wi-Fi connected. Why would anyone want their furniture to have Wi-Fi connection you might ask? He doesn’t have an answer for it but looks forward to all the possibilities that may come with it!

  • Norm Pendleton
    Norm Pendleton
    Warehouse Manager

    Norm Pendleton is Design Foundry's Warehouse Manager.