DC ANC 1D06 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, etc.
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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?
At a young age, I learned the value of getting to know your neighbors and being involved in the place you live. Now, I have a “no sidelines'' approach to building and sustaining a sense of community. When COVID-19 restrictions threatened to shut down the Mount Pleasant farmers market, I stepped up to volunteer so we had the support we needed to keep everyone safe. When vandalism hit our beloved Heller's Bakery mural, I joined neighbors to quickly erase their handiwork. I’ve also been a part of the “chalking” team that helped neighbors have safe access to food, I’ve signed seniors up for vaccinations, and I’ve sweat through work days weeding Triangle Park. When not volunteering alongside my neighbors, I work in public service managing cross-sector partnerships. I also hold a graduate certificate in public policy, which has taught me how to navigate the legislative landscape.
One of the biggest issues in my Single Member District is creating safe streets. We need to ensure that all community members– from avid bikers to walkers and from kids on scooters to car drivers– feel safe when they are navigating to and from their home. If elected, I would listen to community members to learn what they care about and how they want to safely navigate our city.
Helping ANCs reach people who are unfamiliar with their role is one the primary reasons I am running. I remember emailing my commissioners years ago asking to be added to their email list. I was shocked to learn that there wasn’t one, but that printed flyers would be hung up before meetings. Overtime, I learned the schedule (3rd Tuesday of the month!) and started adding it to my calendar, but there must be a higher standard in how we notify residents of meetings & and substantive actions being taken by the ANC. As commissioner, I would support continuing to hang fliers, but I would also support using some of the ANC's budget to get emails, tweets, and other communication tools out to keep residents informed.
Affordable housing is one of the issues I’ve been hearing most about when meeting with neighbors. I am far from an expert, but I do know that we need additional housing units that are affordable for folks on a fixed or low income.
I’m fortunate to live near some of the best markets, stores, and restaurants that DC has to offer. In one of my favorites, a small bodega right near my building, one staff member commutes from over an hour away to get to work. She would love to live in this community, the place she spends 40 hours each week, but she simply cannot afford to on her salary. We should not be pricing out the people that keep this City running.
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