Strong Record of Achievement
For more than eight years, I have had the honor of working on behalf of Ward 8 Democratic voters by contributing time, talent, and treasury in service to the organization. Six years ago, I stepped into leadership positions, first as chair of the Public Relations Committee, and later as an executive officer in the Corresponding Secretary role. In 2019, I felt a calling to step up again to serve this great organization that has given me so much. So, I ran as President. We've had a remarkable two-year run but we know we have much more work to do. If we are going to continue building on the incredible progress we’ve made so far, we will need your support.
I'm an experiential educator, connector, social commentator, facilitator, and fierce advocate for common-sense solutions for life’s biggest challenges. I'm also a son, uncle, Godfather, cousin, nephew, and a fourth-generation Washingtonian.
We moved around a lot when I was a kid but I managed to graduate from DC Public Schools on time. Ward 8 is home. It's where I bought my first property, founded a nonprofit, and opened an award-winning small business enterprise.
Service runs in my blood. My grandmother raised me and I remember how she used to work the precincts for late Mayor Marion Barry when I was a teen. It rubbed off. I stepped up to run for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in 8A. I served three terms and was part of the leadership team as chairman. Together, we led on important issues impacting constituents like access to healthcare, school equity, consumer protections, public safety, economic development, jobs and career training, housing, environmental justice, and other local governmental issues.
Recognizing a growing need to organize the next generation of diverse leadership, I worked with Ward 8 and 7 residents to found River East Emerging Leaders (r.e.e.l.), a 501 (c)(3) leadership collective that engages and empowers the community. I also served on the boards of the Ward 8 Little League, Duke Ellington School of the Arts Alumni Association, and Youngnificent youth services program and currently serves as a founding board member of LEARN DC Public Charter School and on WAMU-FM’s (NPR) community council. I am also an alum of AmeriCorps where I served in the former East Capital Dwellings community.
When the pandemic hit, I continue serving my beloved community during the COVID-19 health emergency as a DC Medical Reserve Corps member to help with testing and later vaccinations right here in Ward 8.
And for the past eight years, I have had the honor of working on behalf of Ward 8 voters by contributing time, talent, and treasury in service to the Ward 8 Democrats organization. Six years ago, I stepped into leadership positions, first as chair of the Public Relations Committee, and later as an executive officer in the Corresponding Secretary role. In 2019, I felt a calling to step up again to serve this great organization that has given me so much. So I ran for President--and won. In 2020, I was the only DC Biden Delegate from Ward 8 to help officially nominate him at the Democratic National Convention.
While we have accomplished a lot during a remarkable and unprecedented two-year period, I know we have much more work to do. We must continue the push for new voting technology like vote by app and fighting for policies and legislation that advances our ward specifically around public safety, employment, education, youth, seniors, and those who feel marginalized. We must continue developing our youth outreach committee to better engage high schoolers and work closely with students to start Democratic clubs at all Ward 8 high schools. And we must continue the fight for voting rights and making the District the nation's 51st state.
I hope you will join me and my team on this journey with your VOTE on Saturday, September 18. We can't do it without you.