DC ANC 3A05 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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Ann Lane Mladinov
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?
I have been Commissioner in ANC3B serving Glover Park-Cathedral Heights (2014-2022) focusing on housing, zoning, transportation, energy and environment, and quality of District services for constituents. In my career, I have worked for private businesses on research, planning and design. I also worked for 15 years at the U.S. Department of Transportation on policy analysis, economic regulation, legislation, energy and environmental issues, and strategic planning. I have also been an independent management consultant to public sector organizations including transportation, schools, theatre and other arts organizations. I have a bachelor's degree in English. I also have a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, Policy Analysis and Public Administration from Harvard University School of Design and the Kennedy School of Government. I have lived in the Cathedral Heights neighborhood since 1984. I have been a volunteer for the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation and the Washington Home and Hospice. I am currently a member of the Utility Consumer Advocacy Network working with the DC Office of the People's Counsel (2018-2022) and the Advisory Committee to the Office of the ANCs on Services (2021-2022).
My Single Member District 3A05 and my ANC3A have many vital issues I look forward to working on with and for constituents and the larger community, including housing, development, schools, transportation and safety. For candidates elected in 2022 for ANC3A, the first and most important challenge will be that the Single Member Districts and the ANC are brand new, created in 2022 Redistricting. It will be essential for ANC3A to quickly organize itself and also reach out to residents, businesses and other institutions in the area so they know about the ANC, their new local elected officials, and how and where to contact them. We'll all have to work together to make an effective start and begin serving the area immediately. Since spring I've been working with the DC Council and fellow Commissioners citywide on a guidebook of what new ANCs need to do to begin their work. I also have vital experience on the organizational side of an ANC and in working with local residents and organizations.
This is a perfect follow-on to the previous question. I see a great need for clearer information on what ANCs are and do, and have worked a great deal on how to accomplish that. ANC3A will have to start its own website, social media presence, notification procedures, email list, contacts with local listservs and other e-networks including in the new apartment developments as well as existing multifamily buildings and around the neighborhood. And it will have to develop regular means of informing the community of policy issues, ANC proposals, votes and other activities. I have experience with these challenges, have been responsible for communications in my previous work and focus on listening and learning which can help ANC3A pursue many new opportunities. We'll also have the benefit of new communications software the Office of OANCs is offering each ANC starting in 2023 to improve connections with constituents using a variety of means from print to virtual, videos, chats, and surveys.
What does DC law establish ANCs to do? 1)"Advisory"-ANCs provide advice to other parts of government in DC including executive agencies and the Council on issues affecting the area. ANCs do not make final decisions except on how to spend the funds the District allots to carry out their work; 2)"Neighborhood"-ANCs were created to serve in a particular neighborhood or neighborhoods; 3) "Commission"-A group established to work together to perform specified functions. An ANC can only take official action when Commissioners vote as a group at a public meeting. On their own, Commissioners can share information but cannot take official action. To begin a term, each Commissioner swears to support and defend the U.S. Constitution; "perform such duties as assigned . . . to the best of my ability without fear or favor; exercise my best judgement and . . .consider each matter before me from the viewpoint of the best interest of the District of Columbia, as a whole" (not just residents of the ANC).
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