Jill Pongonis

Media Relations Manager

Jill Pongonis

Started working at the Alliance in 2019 

After nearly 28 years in the Williamsburg area tourism field, I am thrilled to have found my niche and passion with media relations, marketing, public relations & communications as it pertains to the Williamsburg destination at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance – Tourism Council. 

I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work, learn and grow with such great organizations as Newport Hospitality Group, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Busch Gardens Williamsburg and most recently, William & Mary. 

My primary responsibilities now include contributing to various marketing campaigns as they pertain to local tourism initiatives, media relations, social media management, website maintenance, and assisting with the amazing sales team. The Tourism Council will allow me to make meaningful contributions to the bureau’s public relations efforts, including frequent interaction with travel journalists, planning and executing familiarization tours, and engage with local tourism partners to garner maximum exposure. 

In my free time, I am happy being outdoors, on the water or exploring this beautiful destination as well as different cities and meeting interesting people. 

What’s the best part of working at the Alliance? 

”The thrill of promoting all the unique, amazing and exciting things to experience in the Greater Williamsburg area. It’s FUN with a purpose!” 

What was your first job ever? 

”Lifeguard at a pool.” 

Complete the following: I #LOVEWMBG because: 

”It touches so many people on many different levels!” 

BONUS QUESTION! If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? 

”Elastigirl! She can extend herself for great distances, highly adaptable, smart, agile, a caring mom and a real style icon with those boots.”