Having grown up in the DMV area, and lived in Dupont Circle for almost ten years (and counting!), I’m devoted to ensuring that our community improves upon what came before, and that collectively we thrive. My life’s work has been dedicated to this task and, as your Commissioner, I promise to help Dupont Circle create change we all deserve for a neighborhood we can proudly call home. This means addressing the bigger issues – like how MPD takes on needed reform and DC’s Interagency Council on Homelessness battles the city’s greatest plague – but it also requires addressing the day-to-day matters that affect us all here: transportation, rats!, liquor licenses. As your representative to local government, I’ll listen to your concerns and make recommendations and take actions that benefit all in Dupont.
A little bit about me and my background
I have always risen to the task – and to the expectations set for me. ANCs are on the frontlines, bridging the gap between government and the people, and I have always served in that role – as both bridge and advocate – in my career. I know how to unite seemingly divided forces to arrive at solutions that work for all. And I have a demonstrated history of helping communities, and their residents, thrive.
My 15-year career as an attorney has been devoted to making necessary change. After attending Dartmouth College, and then serving as a foreign service officer, I attended The University of Chicago Law School, which presented me with its Public Interest Student of the Year award in 2005. There, I served on The University of Chicago Law Review and as President of the Black Law Students Association, and provided free legal services to tenants and others. I knew then what I know now: public service is in my blood. That’s why I became the Pro Bono Fellow at Sullivan & Cromwell, and have since maintained an active pro bono docket at my law firm, where I’m the Chair of the Consumer Financial Services practice group. I believe that, in every strong community, both businesses and residents must thrive together; we don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. We can ensure local businesses stay afloat – even in pandemics, even during recessions – and that residents, no matter their background or income, have what they need to thrive.
As a city (and soon state!), we’re doing a pretty good job compared to the rest of the country. But I know – and you know – that we can and must do better. Together, we will.
I’m an engaged and proud member of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) Homelessness Committee and Dupont Circle Main Streets Economic Enhancement Committee. We’re all affected by the novel coronavirus. Essential workers are stretched thin, loved ones have been lost, small businesses have been forced to close, more and more face people face homelessness, and the way we live has changed. When I joined DCCA, we recognized that systemic problems in DC’s housing policies left an increasing number of single people, disproportionately elderly and of color, homeless and on the streets of our neighborhood. Together, we are putting together a proposal for extending the moratorium on evictions until this pandemic is contained and additionally made recommendations for long-term solutions to curbing the plague of homelessness. We can do more to help this population get on their feet, get jobs, and do better. And I have a plan for that.
I’ve always been a hard worker: I have helped hundreds of clients better their lives. In the process, I have become well known in the legal services community as a coalition-builder, someone who is constantly in search of solutions to systemic problems her clients face, and eager to work with others to obtain creative results. I have been an active member of formal and informal advocacy organizations, and have been a dedicated member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. I put in the time and energy – and I get results. No interest of the community is too small to merit my attention and sweat. Yes, we need to offer advice on how MPD can continue to reform policing practices to do away with systemic racism, and – yes – we need to offer workable solutions to the area’s homelessness and skyrocketing housing prices, but we must also address the day-to-day issues that affect everyone: parking, bike lanes, and rats! I’m here to listen to your concerns and make informed recommendations to the City Council.
I’m a trusted and recognized member of the community. I am involved with advocacy organizations focused on the issue of homelessness in DC such as The Way Home Campaign and the Washington Interfaith Network. I volunteer with numerous organizations including N Street Village and Charlie’s Place. In 2018 and 2019, I was recognized with High Honors on the Capital Pro Bono Roll for my work on cases keeping immigrant families together and defending prisoners’ rights. I do this work because I firmly believe that the measure of a community is how it treats its most vulnerable residents. Plus, as research shows, when the “least” of us does better, we all do better. These beliefs influence all I do. That’s why the Network Journal selected me as an honoree for the annual "25 Influential Black Women in Business" awards and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association named me a “Rising Star.” They know I commit to creating an egalitarian society.