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DC ANC 2C02 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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    Josette Barsano

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    Rebecca Strauss

Información Biográfica

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?

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Qualifications I’ve lived in my ANC for over 10 years and have served as my building’s co-op president for over 2 years. Local DC public policy is my profession. I spend every day thinking about downtown revitalization, housing affordability and making transit more convenient and fiscally sustainable. I’m also a devoted DC statehood activist and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community. I'm excited to apply my expertise in local economic policy and passion for social justice.
Campaign YouTube URL http://rebecca-anc2c02.com/
I have three top priorities:

- HOMELESSNESS - Everyone should have a home and no one benefits by living on the streets. If elected, I would work with the Downtown DC BID and Department of Health and Human Services to place homeless people into immediate housing. The program could be funded through Planned Unit Developments (PUDs).

- HOUSING - Remote work is here to stay and our downtown ANC was too dependent on office real estate even before the pandemic. Now’s the time to add more mixed-use buildings, especially more housing. While requirements for affordability must be built in, the goal should be more housing of all income levels across the board. Any new housing supply will take the heat off of housing prices.

- TRANSIT- If downtown is to continue to be the most dense part of town to live, work and play, we should ramp up all non-car transportation access routes. There simply isn’t enough space for everyone to take and park a car.

I have a website: https://rebecca-anc2c02.com.

My residents can contact me at the email address on my website. If elected, I plan on holding Zoom constituent meetings once a week.
I have the experience, commitment and values to make my ANC a better place for residents, commuters and visitors.

As the Board president of my building, everyday I hear residents' concerns about public safety in our neighborhood, how expensive it is to live in our building and how important it is to patronize local businesses.

I’m also a professor of public policy and personally very politically active. I teach at the University of South Carolina. It’s given me a healthy sense of empathy for those who are not like me, as well as an opportunity to communicate complex policy issues to a lay audience. Every election, I’m out canvassing for Democrats in competitive districts in Virginia or Pennsylvania.

I have a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.