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Last updated December 02, 2013




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Agenda describes itself as "a private organization created [in 1995] to bring together people, institutions and resources from the private, non-profit, and government sectors to address the pressing issues in Washington. It provides information, technical assistance and resources to improve the governance and the quality of life in the city. DC Agenda seeks to make the District of Columbia 'a city that works' by improving the level of understanding about the challenges facing the District and by acting to support innovating efforts to meet those challenges."

"DC Agenda is currently focusing its activities in the following policy areas: fiscal and governance; economic development; and youth, family and neighborhood development. DC Agenda acts in partnership with existing organization to perform a myriad of essential functions which might not occur if an organization like DC Agenda did not exist."

DC Agenda was originally formed by the Federal City Council, a business organization, in cooperation with several government officials in former Barry administrations. Many believe that its original purpose was to act as a private, unofficial transition committee for the incoming 1995 Barry administration. It is very well connected within both the local and federal governments, and represents the interests of large businesses and of the corporations organized as non-profits that receive substantial contracts with the city government.

The DC Agenda Support Corporation, a non-profit organization, is chaired by Carol Thompson Cole, the former City Administrator in the third Barry administration, who represents its interests while she also works as the special advisor on the District of Columbia in the White House Office of Management and Budget. The president and project director is James O. Gibson, a former senior administrator in past Barry administrations, who is currently a senior associate with The Urban Institute.

DC Agenda is located at 1155 15th Street, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005-2706. Phone: 202-223-2598, Fax: 202-233-2604, E-mail, info@dcagenda.org

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DC Agenda Support Corporation
Board of Directors

Carol Thompson Cole, chair.
Special advisor on the District of Columbia, The White House Office of Management and Budget
James O. Gibson, president and project director. Senior associate, The Urban Institute
Terri Freeman, secretary/treasurer. President, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
Jane Fortson, executive committee. Senior fellow, Progress and Freedom Foundation
M. Charito Kruvant, executive committee. CEO, Creative Associates International., Inc.; member of the Transitional Board of Trustees, DC Public Schools.
Linda Lee, executive committee. Vice President, South Island Restaurant, Inc.
Gladys Mack, executive committee. Deputy director, United Planning Organization; board member, METRO
Kenneth R. Sparks, executive committee. Executive vice president, Federal City Council.

David B. Abramson,
CEO, Abramson, Ehrlich, Manes
Michael H. Armacost,* President, Brookings Institution
Pedro Aviles, executive director, Latino Civil Rights Task Force
Retired Lieutenant General Julius Bector, Jr., CEO/Superintendent, DC Public Schools
Jon Bouker,* legislative assistant, Office of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton
Calvin Cafritz, chairman, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
Maudine Cooper, president & CEO, Greater Washington Urban League; vice-chairman, Transitional Board of Trustees, DC Public Schools
Ruth R. Crone,* executive director, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
G. Edward DeSeve,* controller, Office of Management and Budget
Patricia Elwood,* vice-chair, National Capital Planning Commission
G.S. (Sandy) Fitz-Hugh, president, NationsBank Greater Washington
David Fowler, dean, School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University
William Freeman, president, Bell Atlantic
David Gilmore,* receiver, DC Public Housing Authority
William Gorham,* president, Urban Institute
Robert C. Grantley, group vice president, customer & community relations, PEPCO

Reginald Griffith, executive director, National Capital Planning Commission
Judge Eugene H. Hamilton,* chief justice, DC Superior Court
Ronald Hamm,* staff director, US House Subcommittee on the District of Columbia
John W. Hill, Jr.,* executive director, DC Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority
Harriet Ivey, representative, Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers; senior vice-president, Fannie Mae Foundation
Charlene Drew Jarvis,* chair, Economic Development Committee, DC City Council; president, Southeastern University
Sue Marshall, executive director, The Community Partnership
John McIlwain, president and CEO, Fannie Mae Foundation
Americo Miconi,* staff director, DC Subcommittee, US House Appropriations Committee
Robert Moore, president, Development Corporation of Columbia Heights
Beatriz Otero, executive director, Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center
Woodruff M. Price, corporate vice-president, federal affairs, CSX Corporation
Brenda Richardson, consultant, Women Like Us
Julie L. Rogers, president, The Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
Michael Rogers, city administrator, DC government
Monte Shepler,* president and CEO, Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metro Area
Lloyd Smith, president and CEO, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization
Dana Stebbins, partner, Wilkes, Artis, Hedrick & Lane
Michael Tierney, vice president, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Rev. Frank Tucker, pastor, First Baptist Church; chairman and CEO, Church Association for Community Services
Douglas Wheeler, president, Washington Performing Arts Society; chair, Metropolitan Washington Council of Chambers
Kathy Whelpley, acting vice president and executive director, Freddie Mac Foundation
Anthony Williams,* chief financial officer, District of Columbia
Susan J. Williams, president elect, Greater Washington Board of Trade

*ex-officio, non-voting members

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Staff and Consultants

James O. Gibson,
president and project director
John "Skip" McKoy, management consultant
Brenda Donald, senior program officer, government support
Carrie Thornhill, senior program officer, community action
Veronica Reed, senior program officer, Neighborhood Indicators Project
Wendy Salaam, project director, child and family services
Christopher "Cris" Flack, project assistant, child and family services
Patricia Mathews, economic development consultant
Melissa O'Neill, executive associate
Barbara Mitchell, administrative officer
Jennifer Durrence, project assistant
Hazel Neal, receptionist

Ralph Bazilio,
chief operating officer of Thompson, Cobb, Bazilio & Associates, PC, pro bono accountant
George Keys, partner, Jordan & Keys, pro bono legal counsel

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DC Agenda Civic Council

DC Agenda also works through a "Civic Council," which does not have voting rights in the project.

John L. Green, chair, executive vice president for corporate services, Medlantic Healthcare Group

Larry Kanarek,
director, McKinsey & Company
Gladys Mack, deputy executive director, United Planning Organization; board member, METRO
Elijah Rogers, president and CEO, Deleon, Hampton & Associates

Julian Fore,
president, Fore Consulting, Inc.
Gail V. Gay, project finance assistant, Chadbourne & Parke

Sue Marshall,
executive director, The Community Partnership
Beatriz Otero, director, Calvary Bilingual Multicultural Learning Center
Ernest Skinner, community development director, Citibank

Carrie Thornhill,
senior program officer/community action, DC Agenda; former president, Committee on Strategies to Reduce Chronic Poverty
Iris Toyer, director, Raymond Initiative, Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights & Urban Affairs

Sam Harahan,
executive director, Council for Court Excellence
Charles Ruff, counsel to the President, the White House
Judge Reggie Walton, associate judge, Superior Court of DC

John L. Green,
executive vice president for corporate services, Medlantic Healthcare Group
Barry A. Passett, president, Health Investment, Inc.

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