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,
Experience, Leadership, Integrity: I’m a retired, environmentally conscious attorney with over four decades of experience and expertise in working with all levels of government. I am skilled at working with governments, the public and diverse groups of interests to achieve efficient, effective results. I currently teach Energy and Climate Change Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School in Philadelphia. I am a regular bicyclist, active in several bike groups, and a volunteer for several civic organizations. Above all, I am a neighbor resident of ANC 2a4. I believe in a diverse, safe and liveable neighborhood. Work Experience: I served 20 years as Vice President and General Counsel (and 5 years as Secretary) at Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the largest trade association representing electric companies. I am experienced working with all levels of government (legislatures, administrative agencies and courts) and the public on financial, clean energy, infrastructure and energy efficiency issues, among others. As a trade association executive, I gained considerable experience as a leader skilled at working with large groups and varied interests to bring people together and achieve consensus results. Civic Volunteer Experience: I am completing my fifth year as a member of the Board of the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT), one of the busiest rail-trails in the country, extending from DC to Bethesda and eventually to Silver Spring. CCCT works with public parks agencies to help maintain and improve trail safety. I am also a member of the Capital Trails Coalition, a meeting place for trail supporters and government agencies implementing a comprehensive trail plan for the Metropolitan Washington region. I use my attorney skills to volunteer for AARP and the Whitman-Walker Clinic by providing income tax filing services for seniors and others. I am a graduate of Senior Leadership Montgomery, a training program for active citizens and upcoming government leaders about our local governments. When I lived in Bethesda, I was a member of the Montgomery County Energy and Air Quality Advisory Committee, which advised the County Council on air and energy issues.
The most important issues in ANC 2A4 are safety and retail access. The District and Federal governments (which own large parks in our area) must take more effective measures to end homelessness. The installation of bike lanes on Virginia Avenue (and related traffic lane reconfiguration), repeated accidents at the intersection of Virginia and Rock Creek Parkway, and the decline of retail shopping options in the Single Member District, among other developments, have increased safety risks for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. The ANC is well placed to work with the District, National Park Service and various building managements to address these problems.
In person meetings are essential to obtain community input. Our SMD has many large residential buildings which make it possible to contact residents through building managers and internal communications systems (building meetings, newsletters, e-mail lists, etc..). Also, the Foggy Bottom Association and other community groups provide alternative communication options. I would always respond to individual resident contacts.
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When my great-grandfather first came to Washington in 1925, he couldn’t have imagined how DC would change our family forever. While attending The George Washington University Law School, his Utah fraternity brother JW Marriott had an idea for an A&W Root Beer stand. Thinking they might have mild success, they opened up shop on 14th Street in downtown. Unbelievably, they sold 2,000 mugs of root beer on just the first day. Their friendship and love for DC would continue for many years to come. Following in my great-grandfather’s footsteps, I’m a student at The George Washington University Law School. And, just as he once did, I’m asking for the people of DC to bet on me. I was born and raised at the base of the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. Following my graduation from high school, I served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Middle Georgia and Eastern Alabama regions. Returning home, I attended Brigham Young University where I received my B.A. in Political Science. Upon graduation, I began work at Utah’s Fourth District Court. As a Judicial Assistant I became increasingly interested in legal processes and procedures. It wasn’t long before I was admitted to GW Law and moved to our neighborhood in Foggy Bottom. Prior to my start at law school, I worked as a Judicial Assistant for Utah's Fourth District Court and in downtown DC for the Daughters of the American Revolution. While at the DAR, I served in the office of the Organizing Secretary General. Recently, I have been honored with the highest AFL-CIO nonprofit Union Plus Scholarship Award for my work within America’s labor movement. Additionally, I’m a labor contributor for a national publication. I am also a member of the National Lawyers Guild Labor & Employment Committee. Within my Faith I am an ordained High Priest. I served previously in a Bishopric.
Homelessness. Some individuals have lived in such awful, unsafe, and unsanitary camps for years on end. I do not believe it’s beneficial for either the homeless or housed residents of DC to let these failed policies continue. If elected, I will call upon DC elected officials - specifically the Mayor’s Office - to enforce Section 24-121 of the DC code. This states that camping on public property (without permission of the Mayor) is illegal. If elected, I will push for the DC government to partition sections of city land for unhoused living and a place to provide unsheltered mental, physical, and job resources. Setting aside unhoused sections in our city will give the homeless and unhoused a chance to effectively access the help they need and (when possible) transition back into mainstream life. Such a land partition will make law enforcement, access to sanitation facilities, and providing mental health and/or job resources within reach for the most vulnerable.
I believe that elected officials have the responsibility to represent both the voter and non-voter alike. While many have concerns for our neighborhood, some might feel unable or unqualified to voice such necessary feedback. To be as accessible as possible, I plan to answer any concerns I receive from my (1) website; (2) phone number - text or call; (3) email; (4) and/or mailing address. Additionally, I plan to set up a street booth once every four months where any member of our community can safely and easily voice concerns they might have.
What other issues do you see facing our community? How would you address these?
(1) Crime: Although relatively safer than most parts of DC, our piece of Historic Foggy Bottom experienced 60 crimes in the last 6 months. That’s about 1 crime every 3 days in our neighborhood. If elected, I plan to work with the Citizens Advisory Council and our second district police Commander on effective strategies to reduce crime in our community. I believe residents and police have a joint responsibility to reduce crime.
(2) Cost of Living: On average, 43% of Washingtonian’s hard-earned income goes towards rent alone. For median income earners in DC, another 20% goes to taxes. Most spend an additional 5% on costly utilities. This means the majority of DC workers are left with (at most) 30% of their earned income for food, healthcare, transportation, and other various necessities. If elected, I will research, report, and advocate for ways to reduce cost of living for our community.