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The District of Columbia Government
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Office of the Public Advocate

The mission of the Mayor's Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) is to serve as a critical link between the citizens and the service delivery mechanisms of the District of Columbia government.

Major Functions of the Office of the Public Advocate

  • Respond to constituent concerns voiced to the Mayor's office
  • Respond to requests placed to the Mayor's office for information or assistance in obtaining necessary services from agencies of the District Government and other sources
  • Act as a liaison between the Mayor's office and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs) and other community organizations to hear and respond to community concerns
  • Coordinate community projects with ANC commissioners and offices of the D.C. City Council members
  • Plan, prepare and staff community meetings for the Mayor's office
  • Provide regular reports to the Mayor's office on the type and frequency of complaints received by the Office of the Public Advocate as they relate to specific agencies
  • Maintain records and provide regular reports to the Mayor's office on constituent concerns within specific communities in the District of Columbia

The Office of the Public Advocate will provide:

  • opportunity for D.C. residents to express their concerns about individuals and/or agencies that have not responded to inquiries and/or concerns
  • assistance to Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs) in regards to information and assistance in addressing constituency needs in their single member districts
  • assistance with agency quality control through identifying service delivery issues for their resolution
  • assistance to D.C. residents who find themselves in emergency situations (i.e., housing, food stamps, public assistance, burial assistance, etc.)
  • referral and general information to both government and private non-profit social service agencies
  • organizational support for community meetings for the Mayor
  • support to community groups working on special community projects

OPA Staff List

Telephone Number 442-8150

Lawrence Hemphill, director
Michael Bonds, community service representative, Wards 2 and 5
Greg Chen, director, Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
Ellen Yung-Fatah, interim director, Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs
Eric K. Foster, deputy director
Ronald M. Friday, community service representative, Wards 1 and 7
Adrianne Gillette, executive assistant to the director
Lendia Sue Johnson, community service representative, Ward 8
Philip Pannell, special assistant for gay, lesbian, and bisexual affairs
Shirley H. Poole, receptionist
Reverend Donald Robinson, director, religious affairs
William Wright, Jr., community service representative, Wards 4 and 6

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