Jan Du Plain began her career on her father’s award-winning weekly newspaper in California followed by a stint at a well-known literary agency in Hollywood, Ziegler-Ross, representing authors, screenwriters and actors for motion picture companies.
In the late 60’s she worked as the PR Liaison for CBS Cinema Center Films in NYC, representing celebrities and actors arranging interviews & special events and in the early 70’s, she served as the first official public relations director of historic Ford’s Theatre, followed by 15 years as the public relations director for WETA TV and Radio, the third largest public broadcasting station in the United States.
In 1995, she opened Du Plain Enterprises, Inc, an international PR and special events company that represents a variety of media and cultural organizations. She served on the executive team which launched Cultural Tourism DC’s (Ctdc) inaugural PASSPORT DC, a month city-wide cultural celebration of Washington’s international and diplomatic community. She continues in that role today as Ctdc’s Embassy Liaison successfully producing her eighth season. She recruits all the embassies that participate in the Embassy Chef Challenge, now in its’ sixth season. The State Department and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center joined Ctdc as a strategic partner and PASSPORT DC is now listed as one of the most popular events in the nation’s capital by Events USA. She currently also serves as the Embassy Liaison for the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center participating in many of their 2500 events annually, including the 300 international events as mandated by congress annually.
DuPlain has received many awards including Berny Krug Award 2014, the highest service award at the National Press Club. The Gallup Leadership Institute presented Jan with its Excellence Award, and commended her for being a powerful networker, hailing her “ability to connect just the right person with just the right talent to make just the right contribution.” They extolled the impact of her work, noting, “With her help, alliances are forged and progress is made.”