Donte Johnson, general manager of Hotel Revival, was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. Hotel Revival is a 107-room, 14-story boutique hotel located at 101 West Monument Street, in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood.
“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Johnson. “As a native of Washington, DC, I have been blown away since my arrival in Baltimore. I have met some amazing people, and we have done some wonderfully interesting things at Hotel Revival. It’s been a tough time for the industry, and to be in a community that is so supportive has been great for us. Baltimore has been good to me, and I will look to continue to serve in any way I can. Serving on the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy makes all the sense in the world.”
Highlighting Lance Humphries, executive director of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy, Johnson talked about what helped bring his new appointment to fruition.
“In the time I have been here at Hotel Revival, I’ve had a great relationship with Lance Humphries,” said Johnson. “I often reached out to him about what was and what was not allowed when the Hotel wanted to throw hotdogs and hamburgers on the grill, or sponsor other things to help the community. I always stayed in contact with him. He and I organically discussed my joining the board of directors, and Lance was happy to explore that possibility.”
Humphries is elated to have Johnson ‘aboard.’ “The goal of the Conservancy is to make Mount Vernon Place a world-class destination for the community, residents of the City of Baltimore, and guests from around the world,” said Humphries. “Since it opened, Hotel Revival has been a great partner in supporting our programming, and we look forward to even more collaborations now that Donte is on our board.”
As general manager for Hotel Revival, Johnson, 41, oversees and executes commercial strategy and hotel and property operations, including staff management, guest satisfaction and community relations. Since joining the hotel team in 2019, Johnson has developed and fostered a mission focused on social impact, working with his team and local organizations and leaders to support both the community and a variety of philanthropic efforts.
Most recently, Johnson and his team orchestrated free weekly lunch and produce distributions to support those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. He also offered the hotel’s first-floor restaurant space and kitchen to local small food businesses so they could prepare and conduct carryout through the hotel’s valet lane while the state was shutdown.
Prior to Hotel Revival, Johnson served as both director and general manager of the Riggs Hotel Washington, D.C. In 2011, he was named to the “Washington Business Journal’s” highly coveted “Top 40 Under 40” list. He is also a recipient of the “Washington D.C. Mayor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.” Johnson earned his bachelor’s in communications from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey.
The Mount Vernon Place Conservancy is a non-profit organization that, in partnership with the City of Baltimore, is charged with restoring, maintaining, and managing the Washington Monument and the park squares of Mount Vernon Place— a National Historic Landmark District.
“For me, it’s about where I can help,” said Johnson, who also served on the board of directors for the Hotel Association of Washington, D.C. “The schedule of programming in the park is the first natural opportunity for us to support. It’s a natural fit for Hotel Revival. We are looking to build on what we have already done. We are a couple of weeks in, and already have some exciting ideas at work.”
Johnson said a calendar of events is being planned, and includes a variety of activities ranging from art classes to tours. “With the park being so close to Hotel Revival, it’s a natural fit,” said Johnson. “It’s all about improving the quality of life for the park and its community. When I think about the things that set Hotel Revival apart from other hotels, it’s the green space, residential vibe, being close to downtown Baltimore, and being situated in a legitimate community where you are surrounded by people who live here. If I walk out the door right now, people are throwing a Frisbee, or walking their dogs.
“Hotel Revival and the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy are looking to navigate through the COVID waters. We want to provide substantive programs while keeping social distance. The sky is the limit with the talent we have on our team.”