Visit Austin announced today the addition of Wesley Lucas as Director of Communications and Lauren Brown as Marketing Coordinator. 

“I’m excited to welcome Wesley and Lauren to the Visit Austin team,” said Julie Chase, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Visit Austin. “The experience and passion they both have for the tourism and hospitality industry will certainly be a benefit for Visit Austin as we expand our marketing and communications activities and keep Austin top-of-mind for travelers.”

Lucas joins Visit Austin with more than 15 years of experience in the travel and tourism industry. She earned her Bachelor’s in Public Relations from Texas Tech University. As the Director of Communications, Lucas will lead various communications projects including key messaging, media outreach, familiarization tours, press releases, and events. Additionally, she will work with the marketing team to increase brand awareness, market perception, engagement, and impressions through various activities.

In her most recent roles, Lucas was the Senior Communications Manager with Visit Frisco for six years, and the Communications Coordinator with the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau for two years prior. She’s also previously held various roles at the Abilene and Lubbock convention and visitors bureaus. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and their two children, Warren and Wyatt.

Brown joins Visit Austin after recently graduating from the University of Alabama with a Master’s in Marketing, specializing in Digital and Social Media Marketing, and a Bachelor’s in Marketing with double minors in Global and Cultural Perspectives and Management. As Marketing Coordinator, Brown will support the team’s digital, content and social media efforts, along with assisting with a wide variety of projects for the Marketing team. 

Brown is originally from Huntington Beach, CA. A passionate world traveler, she has explored all seven continents. In her free time, you can find her in the kitchen creating her next delectable charcuterie board, poolside with the latest hot read, planning her dream travel itinerary or delighting in the next must try restaurant.


View and download Wesley Lucas and Lauren Brown headshots here.