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DC ANC 6D07 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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    Fredrica "Rikki" Kramer

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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?

Qualifications I have been active in Southwest affairs for almost the entire 4 decades I have lived there, have served in leadership positions in several local organizations, and on task forces and advisory groups aimed at bringing the voices of the community into public decision making. My professional career has been in social welfare and urban policy, and in research, evaluation, program development, and teaching at the graduate level. My substantive focus has been on poverty, and remedial strategies for vulnerable populations, and on social equity in the face of redevelopment. I have written seminal pieces and advised policymakers and shaped public policy at the highest level. Working in a variety of institutional settings and at all levels of government has given me a keen understanding of the challenges of crafting balanced and equitable public policy, and bringing big picture policy down to local implementation, which is the challenge of the ANC.
This SMD is a microcosm of what distinguishes SW—demographic diversity cherished by the community and embraced in the SW Small Area Plan, but increasingly challenged by rising housing costs, increasing density, dangerous traffic and congestion, and loss of open and common space that nurtured our social integration. Our critical challenge is to preserve social diversity, engaging new residents, and helping all see common purpose whether they are long-termers or recent transplants, young or older, singles or families, owners or renters in townhouses, 60s highrises, or new 13-story buildings that can feel more like the Navy Yard than Southwest. I would keep all residents routinely informed of ANC business, be responsive to their concerns, find balanced solutions, and reinforce my commitment to safeguard open space, ensure safe passage whether walking, biking or otherwise, and attempt to expand the tools we have to increase affordable housing and neighborhood serving businesses.
I will try to increase the frequency of the updates I send to constituents, which summarize important developments in the SMD and ANC. I will return to periodic in-person meet-and-greets now that COVID is more under control, to hear concerns, answer questions and talk through possible approaches to problems in the neighborhood. I will continue to encourage attendance at ANC monthly meetings and to join my direct listserve to stay in touch. Most important to effective engagement is being responsive to constituent inquiries and issues. These interactions not only satisfy an individual’s stated concern, but they create relationship, and the basis for continued exchange, increased understanding of the work of the ANC and instigate new collaboration to address community problems.
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