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Austin A. Andersen
Ms. Davis brings more than 20 years of experience in federal and local government to the position of Deputy Chief of Staff for Community Affairs. Since 2001, Ms. Davis has worked for the District’s last three City Administrators, serving as a Special Assistant to Norman Dong, Chief of Staff to John A. Koskinen, and Interim Chief of Staff to Robert Bobb. In this capacity, Ms. Davis provided leadership and direction to Office of the City Administrator staff, facilitated resolution of sensitive citizen matters, and identified and implemented solutions to high priority, interagency issues.
From 2000 to 2001, Ms. Davis served as the Chief Operating Officer within the Department of Human Services, where she oversaw a $300 million budget, directed day-to-day operations within the agency, and served as the first Project Manager for the D.C. Labor-Management Partnership Council. Her labor relations experience extends to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, where she was the Operations and Human Resource Manager for the federally supervised rerun elections.
Ms. Davis also has extensive experience in working with citizens. She was the Executive Director of the D.C. Civilian Complaint Review Board for five years, and the Director of the Office of Citizen Complaints in San Francisco, California for two years. In both of these positions, Ms. Davis developed innovative programs and policies to improve relationships between the community and the police and to ensure the rapid resolution of complaints.
Ms. Davis gained federal experience while serving as the Director of Policy and Management Operations in the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Division. She implemented and managed an automated records management system and universal user access to computer-assisted technologies, which resulted in dramatic cost savings and increased productivity for more than 1,000 attorneys nationwide.
Ms. Davis received a B.A. in Public Affairs from George Mason University and a law degree from the National Law Center, George Washington University. She also received her certification as a public manager (CPM) from the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Municipal Management.
Ms. Davis is a Trustee at the historic Friendship Baptist Church in Southwest, Washington, D.C. She also serves as secretary for the DC Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators. During a leave of absence in 2002, Ms. Davis served as the Deputy Campaign Manager for Operations for the Committee to Re-elect Mayor Anthony Williams.
Dr. Susan Newman joins the District Government as the Mayor's Religious Advisor after a 28 year career as a pastor, a community advocate, a teacher, a hospital and university chaplain, and author. Dr. Newman served as Chair for the Mayor of Atlanta’s Commission on Community Relations and the Georgia Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Welfare Reform. Dr. Newman also served for three years as the Executive Director of Georgians for Children, an Atlanta-based child advocacy organization that monitors and recommends changes in Georgia policies that affect children and their families.
A native Washingtonian, Dr. Newman most recently has been an independent Sex Education Trainer and HIV/AIDS Prevention Educator and Trainer. She has worked with several community organizations and faith-based groups, including the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, the DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, Planned Parenthood, the Illinois State Public Health Conference on HIV/AIDS, the City of St. Louis Department of Health's Conference on HIV/AIDS, and Covenant House to conduct workshops, lectures and forums on teenage and adult sex education.
Dr. Newman served as the Southern Regional Coordinator for the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. In this capacity, she helped coordinate the National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality, which provides an opportunity for African American clergy, laity, faith leaders, youth, and educators to begin a dialogue about sexuality.
Dr. Newman has several publications including With Heart and Hand: the Black Church Working to Save Black Children which highlights the role of the faith community in improving the lives of children and youth. She’s also served as an Adjunct Professor at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio; as the Religious Coordinator for the Children’s Defense Fund’s Black Community Crusade for Children; and as the Chaplain and Director of Community Service at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
Dr. Newman was the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church, UCC, in Atlanta, Georgia; the Minister of Education at Shiloh Baptist Church in Washington, DC; the Interim Resident Chaplain at the Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC; and the Assistant Minister at Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, DC.
Dr. Newman received a B.A. in Journalism from George Washington University in Washington, DC, a Master of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC, and a Doctor of Ministry from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She was licensed to the ministry at Mount Sinai Baptist Church, and ordained by Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, Washington, DC.
Lori E. Parker brings more than a decade of working on behalf of children and families in Washington, D.C to the position of Interim Deputy Mayor, Children, Youth, Families and Elders. For the past two years, Ms. Parker has served in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Children, Youth, Families, and Elders, first as the Special Assistant for Legislation and Policy, and currently as the Family Court Liaison. As the Family Court Liaison, Ms. Parker manages the daily operations of the Mayor’s Family Court Liaison Office. The Mayor’s Family Court Liaison Office of the D.C. Superior Court facilitates interagency service delivery and provides social service information to children and families involved in Family Court proceedings.
Ms. Parker briefly left the District government in 2001, when she served as the Deputy Director of the Appleseed Center in 2001. However, from 1993 to 2001 Ms. Parker worked in a variety of legal and policy positions in all three branches of the District government. As an Intergovernmental Affairs Specialist with the Child and Family Services Agency, LaShawn A. Receivership, Ms. Parker served as the senior advisor to the General Receiver for all child welfare policy matters, most notably the D.C. Adoptions and Safe Families Act of 2000.
Ms. Parker has also served as the Program Director for the Counsel for Child Abuse and Neglect Program of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, as the D.C. Council’s Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary, and as Assistant Corporation Counsel for Policy in the Family Services Division of the Office of Corporation Counsel.
Ms. Parker holds a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University in New York, NY; an M.S. in Developmental Psychology from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. She is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.
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