DC ANC 1C07 Commissioner
Duties: Serves as a member of
the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC). Commissioners represent the
views of residents of their
Single Member District (SMD). After deliberation and votes, the ANC
Commission advises the Mayor, Council and executive agencies in local
matters such as parking, zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, permits,
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What is the most important issue facing your Single Member District and how do you intend to address it?
How will you engage with residents to be an effective Commissioner, especially reaching those who are unfamiliar with the role and value of ANCs?
Is there a question you wish we had asked? If so, what is the question and how would you answer it?
Secretary, ANC 1C, 2022; Commissioner, 1C07, 2021-2022; Husband and father of two kids who attend Marie Reed Elementary School; Civil Rights Lawyer; Neighborhood resident for nearly a decade
Adams Morgan needs vastly more affordable housing. Housing prices, both for ownership and rental, are inaccessible for most families. We need to address this issue with all the policy tools that are available to us: supporting coops, inclusionary zoning, public housing, and building more housing units of all types. As ANC Commissioner, I have supported new developments in the neighborhood with inclusionary zoning units and have pressed private developers to include more units than are required by law. I have also championed the deeply affordable housing developments being made by Jubilee Housing. And I have worked to support our low equity housing coops. While none of these tools are enough, I will continue to use this position to advocate for equitable growth in Adams Morgan.
I will continue to knock on doors in the neighborhood to get to know as many residents as possible. By knocking doors and introducing myself, I have built a substantial email list that reaches a significant portion of my SMD. I send bi-weekly emails to the list to keep folks apprised of what is happening and to solicit feedback on time-sensitive and pressing topics, like new developments, streateries, pedestrian-only zones, crime, and many more topics. As the secretary of my ANC, I also regularly send meeting agendas and emails to our neighborhood listserv. And I also post and solicit feedback about neighborhood issues on social media, doing my best to engage people who actually live in the neighborhood. Finally, I try to be physically accessible to my neighbors. I live at street level on a busy corner and many of my neighbors know that I am approachable and open to conversations about neighborhood issues whenever I'm out on my patio.
I wish that you had asked what I have done in my position as a sitting Commissioner to serve the neighborhood. I have been a Commissioner for the past year and have a record to stand on. I am the ANC's Secretary and serve on the Public Safety and Planning, Zoning, and Transportation committees. I am a total transit geek and have spend hundreds of hours learning our local transportation system and the issues that need to be solved. I've made dozens of 311 request to ask the city for traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements in the neighborhood. I walk the ANC several times a day looking for requests I can make to improve the neighborhood. I have drafted and/or signed several resolutions that have called on our city leaders to improve our neighborhood infrastructure. I also work with our local public schools to support their needs. And I have been on the planning committee to create the Adams Morgan pedestrian-only zone weekends, the first of their kind in DC.
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