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DC ANC 1E07 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.Salary: None

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    Amanda M Farnan

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    Brian Footer

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?

Qualifications Incumbent (current Commissioner for 1B11), renter, former ANC community admin consultant, former DC Council staffer, Gen Z person
Campaign YouTube URL http://Farnan4dc.com
Campaign Twitter Handle @@farnanindc
Safety - My top priority will be to work with all parties of community and government to create a community we are proud to live in. I will continue to implement my platform of ‘clean, safe, happy’. Neighbors who feel part of their communities do not bring violence to them. When we have a clean and safe neighborhood, we have a happy one. To focus on how we get there – how we achieve a ‘safe’ neighborhood - we must understand the tools in our toolbelt and utilize them effectively. While budget priorities are left to the Executive and the Council, Commissioners have the ability to influence and lobby for progressive budget priorities. This and the Commissioner’s community convening power will be the biggest asset to creating a safe neighborhood.

I will utilize my plan “the 5 R’s for safety” as a starting point for every recommendation, conversation, and decision made as Commissioner. The 5 R’s include: Reform, Resources, Repair, Repeat, and Response. You can read my full plan at farna
I will continue to bring my unique perspective and passion to 1E07. My perspective brings the District’s twenty-something renters to a place of power; a seat at the table. My work has been, and will continue to be, a product of my experiences as Commissioner, DC Council staffer, a Gen Z person, ANC community consultant, and daily biker.

I have a proven approach in getting things done for residents in my neighborhood including: transparency and communication with Howard University, a protected bike lane and stop lights at a previously dangerous intersection, four speed humps on 8th St NW, rat abatement, increased street clean-ups, local organization sponsorships, violence interrupter convening, and increased engagement with neighbors experiencing homelessness. My track record reveals a passion for hyper local issues that is second to none.

I will be both proactive and reactive in my work to represent all neighbors equitably.
Why do you want the specific, hyper-local role of Commissioner? I am interested in bringing the mantra of a “clean, safe, happy neighborhood” to our corner of the District. This comes with time and effort dedicated to working with government agency officials, neighbors, and community leaders. The role of Commissioner is not one that is glamorous or paid, thus it takes someone who knows the work to do it well. I look forward to continuing to serve my community.
Qualifications I have a proven record of serving the District and delivering results on critical issues important to residents. Major accomplishments in the District include: 1) Safe at Home Program - As the Director of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation at the DC Office on Aging (now the Department of Aging and Community Living), I designed and implemented a home modification grant program of up to $10,000 to reduce falls and increase mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. 2) LeDroit Park Transportation Package - As the ANC Commissioner of 1B01 and Chair of the ANC 1B Transportation Committee, I successfully worked with the community to assess roads, sidewalks, and parking zones across LeDroit Park and develop a comprehensive set of 10 recommendations for improvement. I successfully worked with the District’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) to implement each of the recommendations. 3) Organizational Transformation - As the Chair of the Ward One Democrats, I restructured the organization and introduced new energy into the precinct representative role. As a result, more than 35 Democrats were elected as precinct representatives across Ward One filling seats that had been vacant for more than two years. Please visit my website to read more details about my professional background and community leadership.
Campaign Twitter Handle @@bdfooter
Website www.footerforanc.com/about
The most common topic is public safety and crime on 8th St. To successfully tackle the issue, residents need to be at the center of any solution. My resident-centered approach outlines how we work together to understand an issue and develop solutions that work for residents.

1) Research: We research the situation to understand the problem and its full impact on the community. We speak with govt agencies, collect data, review policies/regulations, walk the area with experts, etc. 2) Design: Using the research, we draft a comprehensive package outlining the issue, evidence, and recommendations. The package will act as the community’s voice to the appropriate agencies and stakeholders. 3) Advocate: We draft and execute an action plan to deliver and promote the community’s package. 4) Evaluate: We set benchmarks for success, continuously monitor activities to ensure progress is happening, and evaluate the solution's impact once they are implemented.
The ANC is meant to be an advocate for the neighborhood. As Commissioner, I will work to increase opportunities for residents to have meaningful input and direct access to the ANC and District agencies. I will promote residents' voices and work to ensure the District continues to serve the neighborhood. Therefore, I want and need to hear from residents so that I can better serve our neighborhood. I will accomplish this in a variety of ways, including but not limited to:

1) Surveys that solicit feedback and provide an opportunity to articulate issues and ideas (not to exceed two per year), 2) Organize forums for residents to communicate directly with leaders making decisions on issues important to residents (at least two per year), 3) Publish a quarterly newsletter with details and updates on issues important to residents, and 4) Host one-on-one get-togethers called “Coffee with Commissioner Footer”.
Why do you want to be an ANC? I am jumping into this race because our community is facing big issues—crime is getting worse, dirt bikes and ATVs are a persistent issue, and once-in-a-lifetime economic development opportunities are around the corner—and we need a strong leader. As a former District government employee and former elected ANC, I have experience successfully designing and implementing District government programs, effectively promoting the communities voice to deliver tangible results, and leading large organizations through transformation.

I will leverage my professional and previous ANC experiences to 1) work with our community on drafting creative solutions for resolving issues, and 2) navigate the District government’s services and processes to advocate and promote the community’s concerns and ideas.